The picture shows John Updike wearing these shorts and this watch. Why would Updike save these shorts and this cheap watch from this photograph? Vanity? I doubt it. Historical relevance? Not really. This is hardly the iconic dress from Gone With The Wind that I saw on display at the Harry Ransom Center […]
The muddled and inconsequent surface of things now and then parts to yield us a gift. In my boyhood I had the impression of being surrounded by an incoherent generosity, of—to quote a barefaced reminiscence I once wrote—a quiet but tireless goodness that things at rest, like a [ brick wall or a small stone, […]
Yikes! An indelicate passage By JU gets a bad review from his wife? “Im willing to show good taste, if I can, in somebody elses living room, but our reading life is too short for a writer to be in any way polite. Since his words enter into anothers brain in silence and […]
Updike was frequently criticized for writing very well about nothing much as we see here in this interview in the Paris Review with Gore Vidal. Updike did the beautiful cover art for this issue of the Harvard Lampoon in 1954 and what is contained inside demonstrates an astonishing awareness of his literary mission and […]
“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”-T.S. Eliot The passage of my life is measured out in shirts-Brian Eno Life is measured out in moments-Woodbridge wine commercial The passage of my life is measured out in checks
The only thing Pope Francis could do better is to be Jewishlike Jesus-Erica Jong
Page 6 You think this is the end of the letter? You think Updike gets off that easy? No more talk about his other lovers? The PS is a killer!
Page 4 Updikes lover had too many martinis and let him know that she knows that a mutual friend of theirs is/was also his lover. But its ok..really.