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January 27, 2009



Players: "He went to the smoking area, where he saw Frank McKechnie standing at the edge of a noisy group, biting skin from his thumb."
The Names (about Frank Volterra): "He wore dark glasses and kept biting skin from the edge of his thumb.”

Thomas Babington Levy (called "Babe") is both a marathon runner and a history scholar, a candidate for the PhD at Columbia. His whole adult life he has believed his older brother Doc to be in the oil business in Europe. Chapters about Babe are alternated with chapters about someone named Scylla, who seems to be some sort of international hit man.

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

Poems are like diamonds: a girl's best friend, and I mean girl in the most honorable sense of eternal youth.

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Great poetry beats silver jewelry on the NYSE. Read all about it here:

Updike may be the most underrated poet in the American century.

It takes a craftsman to appreciate an artist. Also on our list for Fall 2021:

That poem sings to me. Friends, family , love, humor and the knowing in the backfround, this incredible shared joy will end.

Hear, hear.

The poignant lament of a departed soul reflects on the irreplaceable loss of a unique life's magic, leaving a void only the absence of imitators and descendants can convey.

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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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