The Other John Updike Archive
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On Paying Attention

On Paying Attention

A picture displays John Updike. In it, he’s wearing this watch and these shorts. Why in the world would Updike have saved the cheap watch in this image? And those shorts? Was it vanity? Not likely. Historical relevance? Also doubtful. This is far from the Gone With the Wind iconic dress I recently saw displayed […]

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Trash and Bumfodder

Trash and Bumfodder

The mixed up and inconsequent appearance of things sometimes play a role in yielding us a gift. In my early years, as a boy, I felt the impression of being surrounded by unclear generosity, of – a barefaced reminiscence I wrote at one point – a silent, however relentless goodness that substances at rest appear […]

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The Duality Of Man

The Duality Of Man

  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 […]

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Crystal Balls

Crystal Balls

  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 […]

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Exchequer

Exchequer

“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        

Love Letters

Bittersweet

Bittersweet

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.