Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Updike March 18, 1932-January 27, 2009

"Men are all heart and Women are all body. I don't know who has the brains. God maybe." (Rabbit, Run)

"The great thing about the dead, they make space." (Rabbit is Rich)

"Masturbation! Thou saving grace note upon the baffled chord of self. (A Month of Sundays)

"Tell your mother, if she asks, that maybe we'll meet some other time. Under the pear trees, in Paradise." (Rabbit at Rest)

One of the best short stories I ever read- A & P. Liz Spikol reproduces it here.

Author of Krusty the Klown's biography on the Simpsons.


andrew said...

Susan, really hope the new meds are going to help relieve some of the despair.
I have just posted about not having the energy to keep battling forward against the depression. Each day just brings more problems, more worries. Maybe allowing it to envelop us is preferable. Unfortunately I fea it will tak me back to a place Ireally do not want to be at.
All the best,

susan said...

@Andrew, thank you for understand. Consider me a new fan to your website.

Synchronicity said...

hi friend!

i had not heard about John Updike passing. 1932...he was just a few years older than my mother. she was born in 35.

i need to catch up with you...i am so sorry i have been so negligent. i do have a talking kitty for you on my site.

Anthony said...

Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
-John Updike, Piet Hanema, in Couples, ch. 5, 1968

"Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better."

When I write, I aim in my mind not toward New York but toward a vague spot a little to the east of Kansas. -John Updike, Quoted in "Writers at Work" (George Plimpton, ed.), 1976

Mala50 said...

Great choice of quotes -- I still love John Cheever more than Updike, but that is me.

And I really hope the meds help and you come through this depression soon my darling.

Big hugs from steamy Africa


susan said...

@Merelyme, hi hi hi! I left a comment with you on your blog. I am bummed about Updike, it seems all the writers I grew up studying with are dying. I shall be unconsolable when JD Salinger goes.

@Anthony, great quotes. I didn't know them!

@Mala, I could see why you like Cheever more than Updike- I was reading Susan Cheever the other night and she is very good too. Never was a fan of her dad for some reason, other than the one episode on "Seinfeld".

Anonymous said...

John Updike has certainly affected the world with his conventional wisdom -- I see little quotes of his everywhere

Rabbit said...

New Release: Death of the Black Haired Girl by Robert Stone.
Surely Robert Stone is one of the best writers of individual scenes in all of our literature – think of the scene in A Flag for Sunrise where Tabor shoots his dogs, or in Children of Light where members of a film crew mistake the phrase “Bosch’s Garden” for “Butch’s Garden”, which they speculate is an S&M joint in Los Angeles.

Sapna said...

What are we to make of these appearances of signs in the novels? For one thing, Updike is obviously including them in these fictions as part of his desire to present real slices of life from late twentieth century American society – what it is/was like to live in this time, in this place

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