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Old 01-27-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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Just read the bad news. It's a shame to see such a prolific voice go.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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A ferocious and far-ranging intellect. We will not see his kind again.

"Zeus had loved his old friend, and lifted him up, and set him among the stars as the constellation Sagittarius. Here, in the Zodiac, now above, now below the horizon, he assists in the regulation of our destinies, though in this latter time few living mortals cast their eyes respectfully toward Heaven, and fewer still sit as students to the stars."

(from The Centaur)
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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"Critic James Wolcott said it as well as anybody when he called Updike "the supreme archer" of American letters, "drawing back the bow with nimble fingers and a steady pull."

http://www.mercurynews.com/books/ci_11583037

Having been 'away' from all things literary for too long I had forgotten Updike and too many other old friends.


'Good books like good friends should be few and well chosen'.

Time for some internal spring cleaning.

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Old 01-31-2009, 07:08 AM
 
Location: WV
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Prolific hardly does him justice.

He will certainly be missed.
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Old 01-31-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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I found this at the John Updike website. So eloquent. I lost my brother last year and this is comforting.

Perfection Wasted

And another regrettable thing about death

is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,

which took a whole life to develop and market-

the quips, the witticisms, the slant

adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest

the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched

in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,

their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,

their response and your performance twinned.

The jokes over the phone. The memories packed

in the rapid-access file. The whole act.

Who will do it again? That's it: no one;

imitators and descendants aren't the same.

--John Updike

Composed 1/24/90
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