Tuesday, July 21 2009
Ever the completist, John Updike had managed to finish his life-long project of drawing and connecting the things of his world. A kind of psychic recycler, he never let anything go to waste.
Thursday, November 14 2013
Depending on whom you listen to, God, or the devil, is in the details, and that's exactly where John Updike's talent lies, too.
Thursday, April 15 2010
Suburban discontent in Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, John Updike's Couples and Richard Ford's Independence Day. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the actual shopping centers, schools, etc.
Sunday, November 16 2014
John Updike is able to highlight the details of domestic life in a way that turns the mundane into something sacred and significant.
Sunday, January 27 2013
John Updike favored artists who possessed an aesthetic apeal that it was never necessary for viewers to be hectored or intellectually intimidated into admiring. Thus, he explains in hyper-perceptive terms what we already know through our own two eyes.
Tuesday, March 6 2012
With John Updike’s death we lost another old-fashioned intellect, another widely interested, deeply educated writer who moved effortlessly between genres, fluently penning fiction, essays, poetry, and criticism.
Wednesday, June 17 2009
The last words of John Updike, poet, gazing back at his readers one final time.
Monday, December 8 2008
The novel has enormous vitality and the main characters are memorable, but the moral ambiguity, really moral obliviousness, is disappointing.
Wednesday, March 7 2012
John Updike the East Coast moral aesthete and Raymond Carver the West Coast drunken Everyman had more in common than met the eye.
Thursday, July 15 2010
The Library of America Outdoes Itself with New Release of a Classic Updike Baseball Essay
Wednesday, January 7 2009
Stephen King has talked about it. The late Kurt Vonnegut actually did it, for the most part. John Updike has no intention of it. The