Monthly Archives: August 2016

Updike included in book of contemplative eulogies

Twenty-eight eulogies of “intellectuals like Susan Sontag, Christopher Hitchens and Eric Hobsbawn; musicians like Sun Ra, MCA (Beastie Boys) and Kurt Cobain; writers like David Foster Wallace, John Updike and Tom Clancy; artists like Thomas Kinkade and Robert Rauschenberg; and … Continue reading

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Fourth Biennial JUS Conference deadline approaching; schedule updated

The deadline to register for the 4th Biennial John Updike Society Conference in Columbia, South Carolina, October 12-15, 2016, is fast approaching. Registration is $150 and increases to $185 after September 1, but members and others are encouraged to make that deadline … Continue reading

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Article on Shawn lauds Updike too

In “The Genius of William Shawn, and the Invention of The New Yorker,” David Remnick praises Shawn’s sharp eye for talent, “that essential component of any institution that wishes to develop: new talent with new things to say. The ’50s saw … Continue reading

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Updike included on Boston library wall of fame

The Boston Public Library in Copley Square recently underwent a $78 million renovation, and one new feature is a “Literary Awards Wall” in the Fiction section featuring authors with a Massachusetts connection who have won an award. “Writers like John … Continue reading

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Ozick on Updike: steadily remarkable

In a summer New York Times Book Review interview, “Cynthia Ozick: By the Book,” Ozick mentions Updike in her very first response. Asked what books are currently on her night stand, she replies, “Nowadays my night stand is a roughly cubical … Continue reading

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Updike, a hack? Not a chance

In a piece that appeared in New York Magazine on July 1, 2016, an anonymous author asked, “Does Writing Too Much Make You a Hack?” “We think of hacks as turning out slick prose bereft of inspiration. As somebody once asked … Continue reading

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Great writers on writing list includes Updike

Updike was as prolific as he was critically acclaimed and popularly successful. He also gave a lot of interviews, so it’s no surprise that his name turns up on a compilation of “Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of … Continue reading

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Harry Angstrom makes Bad Dad list

This past Father’s Day Electric Lit came out with a list of bad dads, and, no shocker, Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom made the top . . . or rather, bottom 10: “Janet Angstrom made our list of Worst Mothers in Literature, but … Continue reading

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John Updike Society can benefit from your Amazon shopping

Remember, The John Updike Society can benefit from your Amazon shopping. If you shop Amazon, please use and bookmark this link. There are no added charges, and you can help the society if you use the AmazonSmile portal.

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Writer offers literary proof that marriage is tough

In “11 Pieces of Literary Proof Marriage Has Never Been Easy,” posted on the blog Signature: Making Well-Read Sense of the World, Lisa Rosman creates a list of 11 that probably could have gone well into the 30s. Updike, of course, … Continue reading

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