Monthly Archives: May 2015

BPR Summer Book Club taps Rabbit, Run

WGBH-Boston has announced “Reading Hearts: The BPR Summer Book Club,” a three-month, no boundaries, interactive book club hosted by Alex Beam. In other words, you can read along, and listen in on the conversation with callers about each of the … Continue reading

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Mass. artist pays poetic tribute to Updike

Michael Updike writes, “I received a cold call from an admirer of my father’s tonight. She had hoped to read this poem to my father but his demise put an end to that. So reading it to me was the … Continue reading

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Updike a quick read? Arts.Mic thinks so

June is soon upon us and it’s come to our attention that a year ago Rachel Grate of Arts.Mic shared “14 Brilliant Pieces of Literature You Can Read in the Time it Takes to Eat Lunch.” Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” … Continue reading

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Paris Review blog post recalls Cheever’s Updike scare

Today The Paris Review uploaded a blog post by Dan Piepenbring which featured the photo below of John Updike and John Cheever on The Dick Cavett Show and an entry from Cheever’s journal, circa 1974, 1978, that’s here titled, “False Alarm.” … Continue reading

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Thesis on Updike and Mailer sport inferences now online

A 1972 thesis “Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science in Physical Education” is now available online. Click here … Continue reading

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Guardian writer includes RABBIT REDUX among 100 best novels

Rabbit, Run gets all the attention, and Rabbit Is Rich and Rabbit at Rest earned Pulitzer Prizes. But Guardian writer Robert McCrum says Rabbit Redux is his favorite—which is why he included it at #88 on his list of “The 100 … Continue reading

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Physics blog features Updike poem

Physics Central, which links to American Physical Society Sites, yesterday posted “Physics in Verse: A John Updike Poem about Neutrinos.” “There is a long history of poets taking Nature as their muse, from the call of the sea to the … Continue reading

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Author writes about Updike Country

In a post for the “Idle Chatter” department of The Smart Set, from Drexel University, Morgan Meis reports on “Updike Country; In the semi-rural suburbs of southeastern PA, finding—and living in—Rabbit Angstrom’s middle America.” “John Updike always wrote beautifully about … Continue reading

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JUS president invested as an endowed chair

On May 3, John Updike Society president James Plath was invested as the R. Forrest Colwell Chair of English at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he has taught for the past 27 years. The appointment is for six years, renewable for five-year … Continue reading

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Updike is still on The Onion’s satirical radar

As a fellow lampooner, John Updike would no doubt appreciate his inclusion in The Onion‘s tongue-in-cheek story of the “Top Prom Trends For 2015.” “Here are this year’s most popular prom trends: Live streaming feed for students who couldn’t get date … Continue reading

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