Posts Tagged: updike

The Rumpus Interview with Wayne Harrison

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Wayne Harrison discusses his debut novel, The Spark and the Drive, fiction, working as a correctional officer, and Carl Benz's three-wheeled Motor Car. ...more

The Last Book I Loved: The Centaur

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images1I read The Centaur by John Updike out of funereal obligation, and had given up on it twice before, but this time put my misgivings to rest and plowed through what is surely the most tender evocation of father-son affection I’ve encountered: the story of two frustrated males, one a teenager, the other a schoolteacher, making it together through a snowstorn in Alton, PA.

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Write What You Know: Random Book Links by Elissa Bassist

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James Wolcott’s review of Updike’s The Widows of Eastwick summed up in one piece of advice: skip the first third of the book. Unlike Hemingway, Plath, Wolfe, et al., Updike refuses to put the pen down, and now “younger novelists have voiced disgruntlement with the solipsism and literary penis-wagging of Updike’s generation of privileged males.” Nothing I hate more than old men scooping up bylines and then penis-wagging at me.

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