A family member texted me this morning and asked if I was “going to write something about Updike today?”  I wrote back, asking if it was his birthday, and while waiting for her answer, Googled “Updike.”

John Hoyer Updike  (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009)

Oh. Thud.

I’m slowly making my way through Higher Gossip: Essays and Criticism. Slowly, because in the back of my mind I know that once I finish the book then…what?  It’s tough to lose a favorite writer, to know the addiction (but not the love) must come to an end. There’ll be more books;  the second volume of his collected short stories must surely be in the pipeline. And there’s a biography reportedly in the works – that’ll help.

With someone like Updike, who published so much, it might seem selfish for a reader to want more, but still, it’s difficult to accept that he’s not typing away at his desk in Massachusetts at this very moment.

Two New Books of Interest; George Booth on his latest NYer cover; Drew Friedman on Harvey Kurtzman






Two books of interest coming this year: The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker by Janet Groth (Algonquin Books, June 26, 2012) and Francoise Mouly’s Blown Covers: New Yorker Covers You Were Never Meant to See (Abrams, April 30, 2012).  For more details go to your favorite online book dealer’s site.




From newyorker.com, January 23, 2012, “Cover Story: George Booth Remembers Mawmaw”


From The Comics Journal, January 23, 2012, “Seriously Funny” which includes a must read appreciation of Harvey Kurtzman by Drew Friedman.

Classic Addams Original to be Auctioned; History Channel Club on Addams; The New Yorker Cartoons on Facebook

From Attempted Bloggery, January 18, 2012, “A Charles Addams Tearjerker” — this post concerning a classic Charles Addams original drawing (it appeared in The New Yorker, March 23, 1946)  to be auctioned this March 1 -2.


From The History Channel Club, January 18, 2012, “Remembering Charles Addams”

Be sure to visit the The New Yorker Cartoons on  Facebook.  A fun place to visit as the weekend winds down.