Monthly Archives: September 2015

New Yorker runs previously unpublished Updike poem

John Updike’s previously unpublished early poem “Coming into New York” appears on page 38 of the October 5 issue of The New Yorker, on sale at newsstands today. The poem is also available online, here: “Coming into New York.” Both a … Continue reading

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John Updike as punch line?

Ever since Nicholson Baker lionized John Updike in an admirer’s confession titled U and I: A True Story, the anecdotes from Updike readers and fans have kept coming. The latest to surface is a reminiscence about one particular American Booksellers … Continue reading

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Keillor to give keynote John Updike Society address

Here’s some news that ought to make John Updike Society members and Updike fans smile and start Googling cheap flights to Columbia, South Carolina. Garrison Keillor, best known as the longtime host of the NPR radio program A Prairie Home … Continue reading

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Updike makes another Esquire list

Esquire keeps cranking out the lists, and Updike keeps making them. This time it’s “49 Great Lines from Classic Esquire Short Stories”—though how “great” some of the lines are is highly debatable. Updike’s line, at least, holds its own: “There … Continue reading

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Blogger defends Updike’s literary criticism

The New Yorker & Me blog featured a post on September 11, 2015 titled “In Praise of John Updike’s Criticism (Contra James Wood).” The blogger takes exception with Woods’ assessment of Updike’s criticism, which surfaces in a Slate interview (18 August 2015) … Continue reading

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Art shows feature Updike offspring

It’s tough keeping up with Updike’s talented offspring, but here’s the latest on artists Michael and Miranda Updike: This month you can see Michael Updike‘s new work at four venues: September 10—Cape Ann Farmer’s Market, 3-6:30pm, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA September 12-13—Laudholm Nature … Continue reading

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