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Old 05-29-2008, 05:13 AM
 
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I wasn't sure where to put this, but Updike is a novelist so I stuck it here.
Given a buyout from the Washington Post, Updike sends a secret message in his final piece for the newspaper. (It is actually an interesting column about American art.)
Read the first letter of every paragraph.
Reading between the lines
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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But Updike didn't author that piece; Lynton Weeks did.

At any rate, I can't imagine that Updike will stop writing, although part of me wishes he would, as his later stuff simply doesn't live up to Rabbit.
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Old 06-01-2008, 05:21 AM
 
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I apologize for the garbled post!
It was writer Linton Weeks who took the buyout; his last column, with the "secret" message, described Updike's speech.
"A number of familiar bylines will leave for good or no longer appear regularly in the paper, including those of military affairs reporter Thomas E. Ricks; feature writers Linton Weeks and Peter Carlson; health reporter Laura Sessions Stepp; science reporter Rick Weiss; the husband-and-wife foreign correspondent team of John Ward Anderson and Molly Moore; critics Stephen Hunter, Desson Thomson and Tim Page; Federal Diary columnist Stephen Barr; Weekend writers Richard Harrington and Eve Zibart; and Metro reporters Sue Anne Pressley Montes and Yolanda Woodlee," the story stated.
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