Monthly Archives: August 2015

Entertainment Weekly on The United States of Books

The September 4, 2015 print version of Entertainment Weekly has an interesting feature by Keith Staskiewicz and Isabella Biedenharn on “The United States of Books.” “Which novel captures the true spirit of Iowa? How about Texas? Or Rhode Island? Here, … Continue reading

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Maxim talks to actress Emily Ratajkowski about Updike

In an article titled “Exclusive: Emily Ratajkowski on John Updike, Acting and Getting Naked,” writer Aaron Gell profiled the “Blurred Lines,” We Are Your Friends and Gone Girl star and had this exchange: Ratajkowski: “And there’s a John Updike story I always … Continue reading

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Updike’s former teacher dies

The Society belatedly learned that Kathryn “Kay” Brobst Hartman died on May 24, 2015 in Towanda, Pa., where she lived most of her married life. She was the last surviving teacher that John Updike had as a youth, teaching the young … Continue reading

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Rabbit makes another Best Novels list

Writer-editor-reviewer Robert McCrum has spent two years considering the 100 greatest novels written in English, and The Guardian recently published his final choices. Updike’s Rabbit Redux comes in at #88. “Harry ‘Rabbit’ Angstrom, Updike’s lovably mediocre alter ego, is one … Continue reading

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Tanenhaus on Bill Buckley . . . and John Updike

The Daily Beast today published an interview Scott Porch did with biographer Sam Tanenhaus, “Bill Buckley Gets Bigger Over Time.” In it, Tanenhaus talks about his work-in-progress but also shares a few thoughts about Updike: “For me, Updike and Bellow and … Continue reading

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JUS reports its first lifetime benefactor

The new dues structure taking effect on January 1, 2016 includes a lifetime membership ($500) and lifetime benefactor membership ($1000). With The John Updike Childhood Home restoration in progress, the timing couldn’t be better for members to take advantage of these … Continue reading

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Oates essay offers Poorhouse Fair insights

In a fascinating essay on “Inspiration and Obsession in Life and Literature” published in the August 13, 2015 issue of The New York Review of Books, writer (and former JUS conference keynote speaker) Joyce Carol Oates spends a significant amount … Continue reading

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Beattie’s new collection an occasion to remember the Updike connection

Writer Ann Beattie agreed to share the keynote speaker duties at the First Biennial John Updike Society Conference at Alvernia University with her painter-husband Lincoln Perry because she was an Updike supporter and Updike was a supporter of hers. A … Continue reading

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Man’s six-year grave tour ends with an urge to have Michael Updike carve his epitaph

Walter Skold is a poetry lover who lives in Maine. But partially inspired by John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, he set out on a tour of poet’s graves across America. And lacking a poodle companion, he brought along a life-sized … Continue reading

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Rabbit, Run makes Esquire’s 80 Best Books list

They’re in no particular order, but there are 80 books Esquire magazine thinks every man should read, and Rabbit, Run is among them: “Because it’s one of the few not about Updike. It’s about that guy you idolized in high … Continue reading

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