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Phil Whitley
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PostSubject: John Updike   Tue Jan 27, 2009 12:29 pm

John Updike has died at the age of 76.

AP ARTICLE

I read all his "Rabbit" books years ago. I liked his style.
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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Tue Jan 27, 2009 6:43 pm

It is so difficult to realize how aged people are until they die. I have loved his books but thought of him as a contemporary. So his passing hit me hard.

Thank you for the link, Brew.
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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:26 pm

Thank you for the link to the article, Brew. He will be sorely missed.
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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:39 pm

He was one of the authors that I first began to follow. I had started reading Rabbit Run after
I found it on an airplane trip. Someone had stuck it into the seat
pouch in front of me, and I took it with me after the flight, then
continued looking for his other works.

From Wikipedia:
There were many more, but these are the ones I read.
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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:21 am

Sometimes when I read that a well-known person has passed away, my first thought is "I thought he was already dead."

Updike, I knew, wasn't dead. He published a wonderful essay recently and it's online: http://www.aarpmagazine.org/people/john_updike_writer_in_winter.html

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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:45 am

"If you’re telling me I’m not mature, that’s one thing I don’t cry over since as far as I can make out it’s the same thing as being dead.’
Rabbit Angstrom


"The great thing about the dead, they make space."

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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:13 am

Phil wrote:

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He was one of the authors that I first began to follow. I had started reading Rabbit Run after I found it on an airplane trip. Someone had stuck it into the seat pouch in front of me, and I took it with me after the flight, then continued looking for his other works.

Synchronicity. It seems "the Powers that Be" knew you would find it, and that reading it would lead you on a quest. Good authors and their works can have a profound effect on our lives. It's always sad to lose another one.

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PostSubject: Re: John Updike   Wed Jan 28, 2009 7:16 am

I found him boring, actually. I don't care for that NE suburbanite stuff.

But one thing you gotta say for the guy: he wrote movie roles for Nicholson, Cher, Sarandon, and Pfeiffer. That's pretty cool.
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