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Ball point pen on todays newsprint

On a recent visit to an Edward Hopper exhibition, my son whispered that he liked Hopper's preliminary drawings better than the finished paintings. I had to admit that they were fascinating. They were beautiful drawings, but clearly preliminary works, filled with notes about value and color temperature. A glimpse into the creative process.

In that light, the recluse writer, John Updike must have known that a life he fought to keep private would and should be studied. We now know that while he was building walls to protect his privacy, he was simultaneously building an enormous archive to let us in. The Archive now crowds the basement of Houghton Library, Harvard University’s rare book and manuscript repository.

See the article HERE

5 Comments
  1. June 21, 2010 -

    Oh yeah Happy Father's Day! I agree with your son, the original sketches usually have more raw energy and passion than finished paintings or rendered pieces.

  2. June 21, 2010 -

    Thanks VEe!

  3. Pat
    June 21, 2010 -

    For me, whenever I get to glimpse behind the finished work (or persona)of a writer or artist or dancer, it is a gift like a shared confidence between friends. I enjoyed the interview clip of Updike in this way too. Thanks, Larry....Pat ps I am reading DANCER by Colum McCann a novel about Rudolph Nureyev....an amazing writer writing about an amazing dancer....wow!

  4. June 22, 2010 -

    Wow--I was always a big John Updike fan. I loved his poetry. I used to read it in the New Yorker. I love your red editing here...

  5. June 22, 2010 -

    I can't take credit for the red edit Sue, that was in the NYT headline.