The Curious Autodidact

January 30, 2009

John Updike 1932-2009

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

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.


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


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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