Wednesday, January 28, 2009

John Updike, 1932-2009

John Updike died yesterday. This photo by Robert Spencer for the New York Times, at the Boston Public Library in 2006, captures something of Updike's commitment to the whole of literature and reading; his frank, direct, and slightly amused gaze; his somewhat deceptive but deeply genuine and consistent self-presentation of well groomed respectability.

photo credit: Robert Spencer, New York Times, 2006

"Remembering Updike," The New Yorker, 27 January 2009.

"Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," The New Yorker, 1960. [from Baseball Almanac online]

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