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January 29, 2009


Jenny--your father is lucky to have you

This is lovely Jenny. Thanks for sharing this story. Updike really changed lives with his work.

What a lovely post. Thanks for sharing it with us.

A beautiful post, Jenny. I feel lucky to have that image of you running past those closed blinds.

Thank you all. I'm so glad we went to see him in October. He was very generous in talking about his process, and even a bit about how his quality-of-mind was different when he sat down to write a page at his current age compared to an earlier one. (He mentioned those first two Rabbit books as an example of what that earlier creative rhythm felt like...and gave examples also of the kinds of impetus that got him "into a book" now. He spoke about, more or less, having to find a hook, an angle, a place to center his attention. And he spoke about how essays, especially critical essays, came from a different quality-of-mind than fiction. He seemed excited about his next project--no sign at all that he knew he had lung cancer.

Let me echo the others' thanks for a beautiful post, Jenny! Heartening on every level.

Very interesting information! Thank you!

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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