Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tulane writer-prof wins $20K John Updike Award

Tulane professor and writer Zachary Lazar was announced as the winner of the John Updike Award, a $20,000 prize administered by the Academy of Arts and Letters. As an article in The Times-Picayune notes, “Lazar is the third writer to win the … Continue reading

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Reading columnist thinks Rabbit a four-part bummer

In a Reading Eagle column titled “My 2 cents: ‘Rabbit’ series a four-part bummer,” columnist Andrew Wagaman makes it clear that he’s no fan of the tetralogy. But he also clears up some matters that have had locals festering for … Continue reading

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Ipswich blog tells the history of a former Updike residence

An Ipswich blog recently posted a Gordon Harris story about the Polly Dole House at 26 East St. in Ipswich, Mass., where Updike once lived. The post quotes an article that Updike had written about the house for Architectural Digest … Continue reading

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Russian lit expert shares Updike’s response to this and that

U.R. Bowie, who taught Russian literature for 30 years at Miami University and now writes a blog, recently shared a response from Updike to his questions about Charles D’Ambrosio (Up North), Natalie Portman and Julia Roberts (Closer), Woody Allen (Match … Continue reading

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Updike mentioned in L.E. Sissman reconsideration

Danny Heitman wrote a piece for The Magazine of The Weekly Standard about “Darkness Visible: L.E. Sissman, poet in a gray flannel suit” in which Updike is mentioned. The news “peg” is the final season of Mad Men, and Sissman … Continue reading

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Garrison Keillor remembers Updike’s birthday

Although The Writer’s Almanac featured a poem by Tom Hennen yesterday, unabashed Updike fan Garrison Keillor still remembered the author’s birthday with a nice long biographical summary, lest anyone forget: “It’s the birthday of writer John Updike (books by this … Continue reading

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Schlemiel Theory: On Cynthia Ozick’s Denunciation of Henry Bech

They say there’s a blog about everything, and yesterday at The Home of Schlemiel Theory a writer going by the user name mfeuer2012 published a piece “On Cynthia Ozick’s Denunciation of Henry Bech: John Updike’s Literary Portrayal of the Jew as … Continue reading

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Gopnik cites Updike in essay about American norms

Adam Gopnik‘s latest essay for The New Yorker on American norms, “Iran, Inequality, and the Battle of American Norms,” references John Updike: “The play between norms and laws is one of the great subjects of literature. Should Achilles give back … Continue reading

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Updike bio makes the PEN Literary Awards long list

On March 12, PEN America announced the “longlists” (i.e., nominees) for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards in fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, and translation, and Adam Begley’s Updike made the longlist for biography. Also making the longlist in that category: Isabella, … Continue reading

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Book nerd offers five interesting Updike facts

Brian Hoey, a self-described “book nerd,” yesterday uploaded a piece for titled “Sex, Trash, and Eminem: Five Interesting Facts About John Updike,” one of which—that he couldn’t write sex scenes—is debatable. But one “fact” may be new to the … Continue reading

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