Tag Archives: John Updike

tiger: don’t touch his tail. please

…The perils and pratfalls of being a tiger in India. Where once they ruled the roost, man’s own adaptability, and of course the repeating rifle and high-powered cartridge…. If he appears savage, it is because he is the modern version … Continue reading

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the 1950’s: finding “togetherness” in suburbia

…During his time in the White House the personal style of whoever chances to be President often seems almost mystically to beocme the style of much of the nation. And Eisenhower’s style- old fashioned, conservative, anti-intellectual, and hopelessly square- was … Continue reading

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updike:surprising the dawn cottonfields

…In John Updike’s Rabbit Run, a former high school basketball star comes home to find his pregnant wife drunk before the television set; the living room is littered with toys, his wife is out for cigarettes, the car has been … Continue reading

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updike: slow accretions of random detail

If J.D. Salinger reflected what the young would like to be, John Updike told us what people actually were…. Updike claimed he did this all by accident. Updike believed that “a writer’s business is not to write about his own … Continue reading

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updike: small appliances of civilization

…”They were just people, members of the race of white anmals…Highly neural, brachycephalic, unquely able to oppose their thumbs to the four other digits, they bred with elegant settlements, and both burned and interred their dead.” They were the people … Continue reading

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a seymour misunderstood: hints of envy and terror

The ambiguity was strongest about Seymour, who is regarded by the surviving Glasses as something of a Holy Man. But there are hints in Franny and Zooey that coexistence with a saint, living or dead, can have its drawbacks and … Continue reading

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J.D : the winsome as unfair advantage

A part of the charge of immaturity often brought against J.D. Salinger is the fact that he did not deal with mature love. The implication is that he “escapes” from sex. It is an open question whether this escape is … Continue reading

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valor and horrors

This hardly a chicken soup story. Sometimes you come across things that confirms that bone in the throat sensation when we doubt the platitudes and rhetoric that the West values the sanctity of human life. Its a Fabian nightmare where … Continue reading

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X-factor: malcom in the middle east

Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) Malik Shabazz, aka Malcolm X (1925-1965) This issue of the Saturday Evening Post excerpts The Autobiography of Malcolm X (“I’m Talking To You, White Man”) and in photographs chronicles X’s … Continue reading

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boutique atheism : babel banter

What are the limits of scientific rationalism? But what actually is atheism, besides an ecological and scientific dirt disher despite Chris Hitchens ¬†perhaps stuck in limbo, a purgatory of the missionary position somewhere in rhetorical rebuttal to the anal perversions … Continue reading

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