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More Matter More Matter
by John Updike
In this collection of nonfiction pieces, John Updike gathers his responses to nearly two hundred invitations into print, each "an opportunity to make something beautiful, to find within oneself a treasure that would otherwise remain buried." Introductions, reviews, and humorous essays, paragraphs on New York, religion, and lust--here is "more matter" commissioned by an age ...more
ebook, 928 pages
Published February 18th 2009 by Ballantine Books
(first published September 14th 1999)
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I bought this book about five years ago in an Atlanta used book store called The Book Nook. I'd put it off so long because at 856 pages of criticism it seemed such a monumental reading commitment. Having finished it today I'm alternatively kissing my hands and arms for being discerning enough to want to read it and slapping my wrist for waiting so long. I'm an Updike fan, one of what I sometimes feel is a dwindling population. I believe a handful of his novels are astonishingly fine examples of ...more
Discussing Barthes and his detractors, Updike once said that those who can write brightly about anything generate much ill-will. Witness David Foster Wallace's jibe that Updike "never has an unpublished thought"--as if that's a serious insult when you're talking about a writer. We're lucky to have Updike commenting so profusely. I've had this by my bedside for the last month and am still coming across wonderful bits--most recently his suggesttion that 'Swann's Way' was a signifcant influence on ...more
Note: Mainly read the contemporary book reviews, introductions to special editions of his own books, a few of the personal reflections on books that changed his life (and/or shaped the world), award banquet remarks, and, Cripes, did you know he wrote the beginning and ending to an exquisite corpse for an Amazon.com contest way back when? Well, they're here, too.
John Hoyer Updike was an American writer. Updike's most famous work is his Rabbit series (Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and Rabbit Remembered). Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest both won Pulitzer Prizes for Updike. Describing his subject as "the American small town, Protestant middle class," Updike is well known for his careful craftsmanship and prolific writing, havin ...moreMore about John Updike...