Category Archives: Updike (John)

R.I.P. Doris Day, America’s Sweetheart

Tuesday To honor Doris Day’s memory, who died yesterday at 97, here’s a John Updike poem. When he wrote it at 76, Updike was having a hard time admitting that Day was 86. Our memories of movie stars remain forever young, even though time itself moves on. Oscar Levant once joked that he knew Day […]

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Violating Political Norms Exacts a Price

Those who break political norms must keep in mind the lessons of Bolingbroke’s rebellion in Richard II.

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To Win Ohio, Read the Rabbit Books

Updike’s “Rabbit” novels hold a key to understanding the independent voter.

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Where Are the Players of Yesteryear?

Sports Saturday Mais où sont les neiges d’antan? François Villon There’s not much going on in the sports world at the moment. Soccer’s World Cup now seems like a dream, the last major golf tournament has been played (with Tiger magic seemingly on indefinite hold), and football, basketball, hockey, and tennis’s U.S. Open await in […]

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Churchgoing: Delightful and Unexpected

Spiritual Sunday Thanks to Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion for alerting me to this wonderful passage from John Updike’s “Churchgoing” (which appears in Pigeon Feathers and Other Stories, 1962): There was a time when I wondered why more people did not go to church. Taken purely as a human recreation, what could be more delightful, […]

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