Monthly Archives: April 2016

Registration now open for 4th Biennial John Updike Society Conference

Registration is now open for the 4th Biennial John Updike Society Conference October 12-15, 2016, celebrating manuscripts, research, and special collections and hosted by the University of South Carolina Libraries in  Columbia, S.C. It will be the first chance that … Continue reading

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Essay on Updike’s later non-fiction appears in Irish Journal

The recent issue of IJAS (Irish Journal of American Studies) features a collaborative critical essay on “Thirty-Six-Point Perpetua: John Updike’s Personal Essays in the Later Years,” by Laurence W. Mazzeno (Alvernia University) and Sue Norton (Dublin Institute of Technology). The … Continue reading

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Blogger finds inspiration in Updike

Blogger Lori Carlson has challenged herself to post entries from “A to Z” and her entry for “U” is “John Updike Inspires Me.” On her blog, As the Fates Would Have It, she writes that she was told not to read … Continue reading

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A feminist’s belated take on Updike’s Couples

Writing for the L.A. Review of Books, writer Meghan O’Gieblyn confesses, “Like so many women who came of age after the turn of the millennium, I was warned about John Updike almost as soon as I became aware of him. There … Continue reading

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John Updike, Accidental Conservative?

Echoing a critical essay that Society member Yoav Fromer wrote, Con Chapman explores the circumstances surrounding Updike’s hawkish Vietnam War stance in “John Updike, Accidental Conservative,” posted April 12, 2016 on Easy Street: a magazine of books and culture. He also provides … Continue reading

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Mother Jones founder picks Updike as a favorite

Mother Jones co-founder Adam Hochschild told The Week that his six favorite books are: The Raj Quartet, by Paul Scott A Time of Gifts, by Patrick Leigh Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain Homage to Catalonia, by George … Continue reading

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Will we ever see another Rabbit or Portnoy?

That’s the question that comes immediately to mind when you read Steven Kurutz’s New York Times feature “John Colapinto Revives the Male-Centric Literary Sex Novel.” Colapinto’s novel Undone has been deemed “too tricky” because of its frank subject matter. Forty-one … Continue reading

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