The Curious Autodidact

January 30, 2009

John Updike 1932-2009

Filed under: book related,Word Related — Honilima @ 7:46 am
HO/Reuters

The artful Updike circa 1960. Photograph: HO/Reuters

It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
“Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!”

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
“I thought he died a while ago.”

For life’s a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.

— JOHN UPDIKE

This poem is taken from John Updike’s forthcoming collection, “Endpoint and Other Poems.”

Christopher Lydon’s “Open Source” podcast with Updike from 12/04/2000

NPR’s Fresh Air Tribute to Updike:

Economist’s article about Updike

Sunday NYT on Updike

 

photo courtesy of Alfred Knopf

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1 Comment »

  1. the loss of John Updike makes me wonder if the literary world is being replenished at the same rate that it’s losing such great writers

    Comment by coffee — January 30, 2009 @ 11:29 am | Reply


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