Monthly Archives: September 2014

Reading Eagle notes upcoming Updike conference

In a story written by Bruce Posten, the Reading Eagle noted “Alvernia to host 3rd conference on John Updike’s legacy.” To clarify, the Saturday morning session with Updike classmates interviewed by Jack De Bellis is also open to the public. “Speaking of … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania locals interviewed by Begley rate his biography

Bruce Posten of the Reading Eagle wrote a story in anticipation of Adam Begley’s visit to Reading for the Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference in which he spoke to three classmates and Updike’s Shillington contact and asked what they … Continue reading

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Updike anticipates his critics while still an undergrad

Paul Moran is famous for digging around Updike’s trash, but he has also unearthed a cartoon that Updike did for a 1954 issue of the Harvard Lampoon and astutely observed that in it Updike “demonstrates an astonishing awareness of his … Continue reading

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Random House uploads a Frank O’Hara poem read by John Updike

Random House has uploaded a Frank O’Hara poem read by John Updike: “The Day Lady Died,” which Updike selected as his favorite O’Hara poem. Click on “April 14: Frank O’Hara’s ‘The Day Lady Died’” for the text of the poem and a … Continue reading

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Rabbit at Rest among classics donated to Guantánamo prison

In “Books provide Guantánamo detainees an ‘escape from darkness,’” The Miami Herald recently reported details of a fairly substantial collection of books that was anonymously donated to Guantánamo prison, which now has a library of some 19,000 books. Among them is … Continue reading

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Berks-Mont promotes David Updike conference talk

As with the previous John Updike Society conference hosted by Alvernia, plenary sessions that would appeal to local residents are “open,” and Berks-Mont recently posted a story on David Updike’s upcoming conference talk at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 2 … Continue reading

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Final program set for 3rd Updike conference

On October 1-4, 71 members of The John Updike Society will convene in Reading, Pa., for the Third Biennial John Updike Society Conference. The Friday Night at the (Reading Public) Museum reception will be held at the museum and sponsored by … Continue reading

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Olinger Stories republished, reviewed

Apart from the poem “Ex-Basketball Player” and short stories like “A&P,” Updike isn’t taught much in American high schools because of the language and sexual content that’s sprinkled liberally throughout his Rabbit series and other classics. But that may change … Continue reading

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Rabbit Is Raunchy? Parents say it’s not for middle school

In Rancho Cucamonga, which sounds like a made-up place, “Parents were shocked when they discovered a novel with erotic dialogue was being checked out and read by their children in their middle school’s library,” according to a CBS Los Angeles … Continue reading

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Alvernia catalogs Updike holdings, welcomes researchers

Franco Library at Alvernia University, which houses The John Updike Society Archive (renamed, apparently, John Updike Collection), has catalogued the holdings digitally and made them available online so scholars and researchers can see the full range of items in the … Continue reading

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