Monthly Archives: May 2018

British TV adaptation of the Rabbit novels to dispel notions of misogyny

In the Sunday, May 27, 2018 Guardian, Mark Brown wrote an update about Andrew Davies, “Britain’s most successful literary adaptor for television,” and his intentions for an upcoming adaptation of John Updike’s Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom novels. As Brown writes, “The … Continue reading

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Politika spotlights Updike, Updike conference

Professor Biljana Dojčinović, director of the upcoming June 1-5 Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, reports that the May 26, 2018 Politika Daily announced the conference in a top-right, front-page teaser (pictured … Continue reading

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Scoop Whoop recommends 10 Shades of Eros

In mid-April, when the publicity blitz for the most recent cinematic installment of Fifty Shades of Grey was in full swing, Scoop Whoop tossed off “10 Erotic Novels Other Than ’50 Shades of Grey’ That You Need To Share Your … Continue reading

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UK mag picks Updike’s Witches for summer reading

Two seasons ago New York Magazine though John Updike’s The Witches of Eastwick a beachy-keen choice for summer reading. This year, the U.K.-based magazine Stylist seconds the notion. The magazine included Witches on its list of “Top 100 holiday reads,” … Continue reading

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Three Updike books that influenced other writers

Five Books, a site that asks writers to share five books that influenced them in some way, recently published the choices by Sam Tanenhaus, Ian McEwan, and William Boyd. Tanenhaus named Rabbit Redux as one of his five influential books, … Continue reading

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Writer recalls Wolfe’s feud with Updike and others

Writing for The Telegraph days after Tom Wolfe died, Jake Kerridge recalls a feud between Wolfe and writers who dared criticize him in public reviews—among them, John Updike. Kerridge sides with Updike and the others. “There are many reasons to … Continue reading

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New Serbian edition of Rabbit, Run to be published in June 2018

Laguna, the largest publishing house in Serbia, announced the release of a second edition of John Updike’s Rabbit, Run in June 2018—39 years after the first edition of the novel was published in Serbian. The first edition was published after … Continue reading

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Janice Angstrom one of lit’s worst moms?

For those who are tired of reading Mother’s Day tribute after tribute, here’s a list of bad moms compiled by Tina Jordan and Susan Ellingwood for The New York Times and published, ironically, on May 12, 2018–Mother’s Day: “8 of … Continue reading

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Horticulturalist gives a shout-out to literary greats

Jim Chatfield, a horticultural educator with Ohio State University Extension, referenced T.S. Eliot and John Updike in his column, “Plant Lovers’ Almanac: Spring and its blooms have finally arrived.” After alluding to Eliot’s famous reference to spring as “the cruelest … Continue reading

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Program announced for Updike conference in Serbia

Professor Biljana Dojčinović, from the Dept. of Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, has released the final program for the upcoming Fifth Biennial John Updike Society Conference that will take place June 1-5, 2018. … Continue reading

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