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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 ...

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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint The two time Pulitzer Prize winning writer, looses his battle with lung cancer. The author of more that fifty books and short stories including "Rabbit Is Rich" and "Rabbit at Rest," listened to his father worry about his old car and the family bills and realized that life wasn't easy for the American male. It was a topic Updike would explore in the four novels featuring character Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom. Opdike was 76 years old. ...

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