Monthly Archives: April 2015

Fluff piece cites Rushdie-Updike feud

In “‘As usual, words fail him’—6 great literary feuds,” a glorified “list” story meant to entertain, The Telegraph’s Morwenna Ferrier and Rupert Hawksley offer a fluff piece that doesn’t go into much detail and didn’t involve much research. But it’s … Continue reading

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Blogger contemplates The Centaur

Blogger Jeffrey Keeten, whose interest in books goes beyond reviews, has posted a review of Updike’s novel The Centaur. “I’m not really sure why people have quit reading John Updike,” he muses (though there’s really no justification for thinking so). “I … Continue reading

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Paying their dues . . . and yours?

Thanks to the 60 members of The John Updike Society who paid their 2015 dues promptly, and to the members who added a donation for our continuing work on The John Updike Childhood Home:  Gerald J. Connors, Steven J. Malcolm, Elizabeth … Continue reading

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New Updike essay appears in Modern Philology

Peter C. Herman, Professor of English Literature at San Diego State University, recently published “Terrorism and the Critique of American Culture: John Updike’s Terrorist” in Modern Philology 112: 4 (May 2015), 691-712. Full article.MP

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The New Republic on why we need physical books

In “Object Lesson,” a consideration of “Why we need physical books published in the New Republic, William Giraldi inevitably turns to Updike: “There was little that escaped the Updikian caress, and he wrote more than once about the pleasures and peculiarities … Continue reading

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Sex-on-the-page article includes Updike (of course)

In a story written for The Sacramento Bee books section, writer Sam McManis considers “Sex on the page: Often cringe-worthy, occasionally uplifting.” The pun was most certainly intended, considering some of the examples McManis cites as less than effective—among them this … Continue reading

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David Updike on Growing up Updike

Alvernia University just posted an online version of an earlier published memoir by David Updike, “Growing up Updike.” Here’s an excerpt: “As children, we grew up with the click-and-clackety sound of his typewriter — a battleship gray, Olympia manual — … Continue reading

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Moran posts more Updike items

Paul Moran recently posted “Spring, Summer, Fall and Sissman” on The Other John Updike Archive. Included is this broadside:

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Random House announces John Updike: Selected Poems

Random House announced that John Updike: Selected Poems will go on sale October 13, 2015 in a 320-page hardcover edition edited by Christopher Carduff. The volume features five decades of Updike’s witty, intimate, and moving poems “with the cumulative force … Continue reading

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Daily Beast writer considers Updike’s Seven Stanzas at Easter

In a Daily Beast think-piece titled “Did Updike Sell the Resurrection Short?” writer Matthew Sitman considers Updike’s poem, “Seven Stanzas at Easter.” “The poem gains new life of its own every year around this time. It inevitably flits across social … Continue reading

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