Monthly Archives: December 2014

Herald-Dispatch columnist cites Updike, says read to live longer

The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington, West Virginia published a reprint of a John Patrick Grace column titled “Want to feel better and live longer? Slow down a bit” in which Grace quotes Updike: “John Updike, the novelist, was asked a few … Continue reading

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Updike surfaces in story about literary spats and book reviews

In the Arts section of The Australian, Stephen Romei, Literary Editor Sydney, considers book reviews written by published authors and the literary feuds that can result. “Annette Marfording offers her own version of John Updike’s five rules for book reviewing. … Continue reading

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Updike on Christmas Cards

The New Yorker recently posted an Updike essay on “Christmas Cards” that first appeared in a December 22, 1997 issue. In it, Updike recalls Christmas at the Philadelphia Avenue house, where the “taste of Christmas in the little Pennsylvania town of … Continue reading

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Gallery includes fun Updike photo

If you’re in the Boston area you might check out the John Goodman show, “HomeTown,” now on display at the Miller Yezerski Gallery through February 3. Fifty-three photographs are featured, including a portrait of Barrack Obama when he was still … Continue reading

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Essayist on Rabbit, Male Alienation, and the Fear of Intimacy

Blogger-essayist Chris Schumerth recently posted an essay he wrote on “John Updike’s Rabbit, Male Alienation, and the Fear of Intimacy.”  Although Schumerth admits he’s only read Rabbit, Run, he incorporates the opinions of scholars and understands that “To read Rabbit, … Continue reading

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Essayist describes the essence of Updike

Daniel Ross Goodman wrote an essay for The Witherspoon Institute’s Public Discourse titled “Updike’s Wager: Brilliance, Doubt, and the Miracle of Existence” that gets right to the heart of the matter: what made Updike’s life and literature “approachable.” “Very few … Continue reading

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JUS Facebook page reaches 770 likes

That’s right. The John Updike Society Facebook page has reached 770 “likes,” which is more than three times the number of society members. All of the stories from this website are posted on Facebook, but there are also memes (like the … Continue reading

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More Best Books lists for Begley

The Best Book list accolades continue to come for Adam Begley’s biography, Updike. Click on the titles to access the full articles: Mail Online William Boyd picked Updike as “My Book of the Year”: “It’s curious how one can love … Continue reading

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Roger Angell cites Updike in 2014 interview

Maybe inspired by all of the headlines the Cubs and other teams have been making with their big-splash off-season acquisitions, David Lull tracked down this interview with Roger Angell in which Angell mentions Updike’s famous tome on baseball and admits … Continue reading

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On Line opinion spotlights In the Beauty of the Lilies

On Line opinion, Australia’s e-journal of social and political debate, recently posted a critical article by Peter Sellick on John Updike’s In the Beauty of the Lilies. “All the characters love the movies. Indeed Updike gives us a potted history … Continue reading

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