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John Updike

What? Spoilers Enhance a Mystery or Thriller?

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

For mystery, suspense and thriller novels, viewing the plot as "(almost) irrelevant" seems an extraordinary stretch. Frankly, I find that conclusion preposterous.

As a Man Grows Older

Francis Levy | Posted 04.28.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

"I believe that everyone in the world wants to be with someone else tonight, together in the dark, with the sweet warmth of a hip or a foot or a bare...

A Good Story Is Disturbing

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.06.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

No matter how beautifully written or "literary," a novel resonates deeply because the storyline tugs powerfully at us. It upsets, confounds and presents chaos, conflict, imbalance and upheaval -- either within its character's mind or circumstances.

The Afterlife Reified

Francis Levy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Francis Levy

NYU has produced eminent scholars in the fields of philosophy and law. The late Ronald Dworkin and Thomas Nagel are two of the most notable examples....

Spy vs. Spy

David Sable | Posted 10.12.2013 | Media
David Sable

I just played a little free-word association and you can see where I landed: Start with secrecy -- often the excuse for spying -- and see where you end up.

What My Father and I Love to Share

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If I am my father's daughter, it is because we can lose ourselves, and find ourselves, in great literature.

After The Jelly Beans Are All Gone Comes Pentecost

Jack Levison | Posted 07.18.2013 | Religion
Jack Levison

It's official: the end of the Easter season. Pretty soon, in fact, the church will settle in for a long summer of what it calls ordinary time. But not yet.

The One Cake Rule

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 07.14.2013 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

Okay, I'm going to go ahead and say what may sound entirely self-serving. Know what's really keeping the whole herd of clatter-trapping humanity slouching toward anything that might resemble progress? Grandmothers.

Paul Theroux's Furies

Francis Levy | Posted 05.08.2013 | Books
Francis Levy

A dentist Ray Testa, who is 58, leaves his wife Angie, to run off with his 31year-old hygienist, Shelby. At the wedding he announces: "I now belong to an incredibly exclusive club. There are not many men who can say that they're older than their father-n-law."

Philip Roth's Fame Game

Derek Royal | Posted 03.25.2013 | Books
Derek Royal

So, Philip Roth is calling it quits after almost 60 years of writing. I don't want to suggest that Roth was being disingenuous about his retirement, but I do think that there is more going on than a mere statement of fact. After all, what writer announces his departure?

John Updike Childhood Home Bought, Museum Planned

AP | Posted 10.28.2012 | Books

SHILLINGTON, Pa. — John Updike's childhood home in Pennsylvania has been purchased by a group that plans to restore it and turn it into a museum...

The 31st Thing Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She's 30

Pamela Redmond Satran | Posted 08.26.2012 | Women
Pamela Redmond Satran

As useful and universal as the experience of living with the list has been, I can't help thinking: Isn't there something else we might add to the roster? We're always changing and growing, after all; mightn't The List reach in new directions too?

Close and Not-So-Close Encounters With Famous Authors

Dave Astor | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Literature fans love "encounters" with living or dead authors. These might involve seeing novelists at book signings, listening to them give a talk, or visiting homes/museums connected with famous authors of the past.

My John Updike

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.14.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

John Updike would have been 79 this Sunday. When he died of lung cancer in January 2009 the Web lit up with tributes, and as I read them I remembered my own John Updike story.

How is the New York Times Book Review Doing?

Steve Kettmann | Posted 01.16.2012 | Books
Steve Kettmann

If a call came tomorrow and you were asked to take over as editor of the Times Book Review, what, if any, changes would you make?

The Fastest Writers Ever Give You Advice for NaNoWriMo

Posted 01.07.2012 | Books

From Flavorwire Yesterday marked the kickoff of National Novel-Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), the online project that challenges participants to wr...

Diana Athill's Response To The VS Naipaul Attack

guardian.co.uk | Alison Flood | Posted 08.03.2011 | Books

Former publisher rubbished by Naipaul for writing 'feminine tosh' says she is not taking his criticism seriously. ...

Dirty Old (Literary) Men: Writing's Filthiest Perverted Geniuses

flavorwire.com | Nina MacLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

There has been a lot of talk about books and sex in this space lately, and it's not just because of yesterday's holiday. Anyone who has taken English ...

Larry Rivers After Crossing His Delaware

Barbara Probst Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Barbara Probst Solomon

Larry was intellectual, literary, and one of the most brainy artists of his generation, but there was always the feeling in the art world that the more intellectual the artist, the less talented the painter.

The Genius Of G.K. Chesterton: Understanding The Heart Of The Enduring Story

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

So what were Shaw and Hemmingway on about? Who was this writer of genius and great good humor? In the world of letters, or within the convivial setting of a tavern, he was an undeniable presence.

Trains, Planes, On The Street...

Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's time for another installment of Reading In Public! When someone takes a book into a public place, it's a big commitment. We have lots of things ...

"Here's That Rainy Day": A Damp Playlist for Wet Weather

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Even here in the normally sunny Southwest, the rain has been falling in recent days. And so here's a damp but intermittently lovely playlist for all those rainy days in our lives.

Radio's Rare Class Act Achieves Ratings, Book Success

Bill Mann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bill Mann

Michael Krasny has probably interviewed more famous and celebrated authors than anyone, ever. Amazingly, he's done it on a sharply devalued medium, radio.

John Updike's Papers Go To College Near His Hometown

AP | MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Rabbit is running again, this time to a new home at Pennsylvania's Alvernia University. The school in Reading announced Wednes...

Dust Jacket Sketchbook: A Cartoonist's Take On The Literary World (PHOTOS)

Jeffrey Koterba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Koterba

2010-09-24-cartoonist.gif As an editorial cartoonist who is also a writer and lover of books, I'm continually on the lookout for opportunities to draw literary-themed cartoons.