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John Updike


Tuesday, July 21 2009

John Updike: The Final Ornament

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

John Updike Gives the Mundane Its Beautiful Due

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

Backyard Fiction a.k.a. the Great American Myth of Suburbia

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

A Rural Youth is Curated in John Updike's 'Olinger Stories'

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

Re-Rendering in Words What the Artist Rendered in Pigment: 'Always Looking: Essays on Art'

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

Uncollected Collections: John Updike's 'Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism'

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

Endpoint and Other Poems by John Updike

The last words of John Updike, poet, gazing back at his readers one final time.

Monday, December 8 2008

The Widows of Eastwick by John Updike

The novel has enormous vitality and the main characters are memorable, but the moral ambiguity, really moral obliviousness, is disappointing.


Thursday, March 8 2012

Klegg the Drunk: John Updike on Raymond Carver

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

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

The Library of America Outdoes Itself with New Release of a Classic Updike Baseball Essay


Wednesday, January 7 2009

Writing too enjoyable an endeavor for John Updike to consider retirement

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

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