Monthly Archives: July 2015

Blogger thinks Rhinoceros, not Rabbit, will survive

Blogger Patrick Kurp, of Houston, posted an entry today titled “As Big, Perhaps, as Four Oxen” on his site, Anecdotal Evidence: A blog about the intersection of books and life. “Handicapping literary reputations is a mug’s game,” he writes, “but … Continue reading

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Doctorow obit quotes Updike’s negative reviews

They say it’s impolite to speak ill of the dead, and the often decorous John Updike probably wouldn’t have had anything negative to say about the recent death of E.L. Doctorow. But Updike is no longer among us and Bruce … Continue reading

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And the 2018 John Updike Society Conference will be…

. . . somewhere in Europe. The board of directors voted to put out a call for proposals to host the Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference in Europe. At minimum the proposal should list a host institution (which will … Continue reading

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John Updike Society hires historic restoration expert

The John Updike Society board has approved the hiring of R.J. Doerr Co., an Easton, Pennsylvania-based contractor that specializes in historic restorations and home museums. As the Reading Eagle reported, Doerr has “a 25-year history of restoring historic properties for … Continue reading

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What Updike had in common with Montaigne

In the Sunday Book Review of The New York Times, Jim Holt considers In Search of Sir Thomas Browne by English science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams, and along the way discusses a “kind of skeptically based faith, known as fideism, [that] was shared … Continue reading

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On Kirkus, reviewing, and U and I

In today’s online Chronicle of Higher Education J.C. Hallman contributes an essay on “Book Reviewing’s Grunt Squads,” a confession from one of those grad students who served on the squads, and an indictment of sorts, exposing of a system that … Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Ann Karnovsky

The society belatedly learned that member Ann Karnovsky, Ph.D., of Cambridge, Mass., died on Monday, June 23, 2014. Members who attended the 2nd Biennial John Updike Society Conference may recall meeting her, as she attended the event at the Houghton Library and … Continue reading

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Allegra Goodman reads and discusses A&P on a New Yorker podcast

Allegra Goodman, author of such novels as The Cookbook Collector, The Other Side of the Island, and Intuition, is featured in a New Yorker: Fiction podcast. Each month a fiction writer whose work appears regularly in The New Yorker selects a … Continue reading

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Updike poem read on Serbian state TV

John Updike Society board member Biljana Dojčinović was featured on RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) in a program of culture titled “Metropolis,” about Sylvia Plath. In it, around the 28-minute mark, she reads (in her Serbian translation) the beginning and … Continue reading

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