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Perfection Wasted by John Updike

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Host Garrison Keillor answers your questions about life, love, writing, authors, and of course, A Prairie Home Companion. Send GK Your Question » January 29, 2009 | 14 Comments We received an overwhelming response to GK's readings on the January 31st show. The text and books from which the readings were taken are now posted , as is the audio in both MP3 and Real Audio formats. You might also enjoy reading our collection of John Updike's poems on The Writer's Almanac -- Post to the Host: Hope your show will do a tribute to one of America's greatest writers, John Updike. Kathleen L. -- I'm working on it,
", Updike was well recognized for his careful craftsmanship, his unique prose style, and his prolificness. He wrote on average a book a year. Updike populated his fiction with characters who "frequently experience personal turmoil and must respond to crises relating to religion, family obligations, and marital infidelity." His fiction is distinguished by its attention to the concerns, passions, and suffering of average Americans; its emphasis on Christian theology; and its preoccupation with sexuality and sensual detail. His work has attracted a significant amount of critical attention and praise, and he is widely ...
Poems #5
From the title I thought the poem was going to be about how unappreciative or true beauty and worth most humans are. Through the poem, Updike says that when someone dies we lose their "own brand of magic" and that no one will ever be able to produce it the same again. The majority of the poem is a description of this "magic." Indirectly the poem compares those who know a person through their life with an audience watching a magic show. I gathered this from "those loved ones nearest the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched in the footlight glow" and "their response and your ... market research, surveys and trends
Dr. Teshome Gabriel has joined the ancestors
Sadness swept the TFT community on Tuesday at the news of the sudden passing of one of the School’s most respected and personally beloved professors, Teshome H. Gabriel MA ’76, PhD ’79 . Gabriel was rushed to the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Panorama City early in the morning of Tuesday, June 15. Cause of death is listed as sudden cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Maaza Woldemusie, and their two adult children, daughter Mediget and son Tsegaye. A pioneering scholar and activist, Gabriel was an internationally recognized authority on Third World and Post-Colonial cinema. He had taught ... market research, surveys and trends


Taking Barack To The Movies: January 2009
I'm currently working through the copy-editor's notes on my novel. As I am quickly finding out, copy-editors are a little harder to charm than editors. Your editor is basically already a fan; they know you; often they were the ones who bought your book. The copy-editor is just performing a job of work on a novel that has been randomly sent them. They're plucking chickens. So far I've had "very confused and contradictory and pretentious", "muddled, repetitive and crass", "cliched and dreary" "v boring" and "wet." My favorite comment so far is "we've ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Tragedy of the Age
It wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me that my dreams are often vivid, absurdly detailed, and wildly complex. The subconscious is fascinating in its creativity and its ability to craft a nightly cinematic experience for me. Why some dreams make an impact and stay with a person while others don’t is a mystery to me. I can still recount every detail from a dream during my early childhood, where my brothers were transformed into dinosaurs by a mysterious pink cloud (of which was straight from an episode of Duck Tales ). It was a terribly sad dream because they could no longer come into my grandparents’ house and ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Mary's Mama leaves `the world she loved so much.'
I sit next to the old sofa she prefers to her new, metal hospital-style bed and I leaf through her copy of "Good Poems," edited by Garrison Keillor. It's a fat hardback with a blue jacket, and I muse over the titles she has starred, the stanzas she has bracketed, the pages she has bookmarked with toilet paper. Here, I said a few nights ago, talking over the wheeze of the oxygen machine, here's a passage you marked in "What I Learned From My Mother," by Julia Kasdorf. I learned that whatever we say means nothing, what anyone will remember is that we came. "Oh, that's nice," she said, ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


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Pursued by a Bear. Marge Piercy, A Work of Artifice. Sylvia Plath,. Metaphors. .... John Updike,. Perfection Wasted. Tino Villanueva, Day-Long Day. S helly ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Cheever's (or John Updike's) vision of American suburbia, or ...... validity, we might have wasted time and money pursuing flawed options. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Teshome H. Gabriel, 70, Internationally Recognized Expert on Third ...
The School of Theater, Film and Television, The Los Angeles Times, and a UCLA colleague have published obituaries and appreciations of the Ethiopian-born scholar's life and work. Teshome H. Gabriel, a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and internationally recognized scholar of Third World cinema, died on Monday, June 14, at the age of 70. The following article was published by the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television on June 16. See also an obituary from the Los Angeles Times and a blog post by Professor of History Vinay Lal , currently on leave. SADNESS SWEPT the TFT community on Tuesday ...
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Non-religious memorial service readings | Ask MetaFilter
I'm going to be speaking at my father's memorial service on Wednesday and I'm looking for some short readings or poems that are not from The Bible or having to do with Heaven or God or anything like that. Somewhere under 50 lines, I'd say, since I don't want to be going on and on. Some of his interests were hiking (Shasta), children, cars, sci-fi and politics, but general "person close to me" bits are perfectly fine. I've seen the other MeFi posts related to this, but none have been particularly useful. Thanks! Sorry for your loss, rhizome. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. When ...