John Updike

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

Humbert, pain in the arse, pain in the brain. My abuser, my abetter. Hum-bert: the breath closed off by my shuttered lips before they pop towards… Wa(...)

Author Philip Roth in 1968: The literary lechery of Roth and his ilk was thought to be progressive, but now seems seedy. Photograph: Bob Peterson/The Life Images Collection via Getty Images

In 1991, when Philip Roth was receiving a literary prize in New York, his friend and fellow novelist William Styron delivered a testimonial which reca(...)

The Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, the largest underground laboratory in the world devoted to neutrino and astroparticle physics. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Although abstract in character, mathematics has concrete origins: the greatest advances have been inspired by the natural world. Recently, a new resul(...)

Donald Trump’s  aggression, and his ability to turn his multitudinous flock of voters on enemies, causes lawmakers to fold. Photograph:  Saul Loeb/AFP

It was said of John Updike that he could review a book at great length without mentioning whether he liked it or not. In his diplomatic correspondence(...)

US president Donald Trump: The Trump economy is outperforming the Obama administration’s forecasts of growth of 2.4 per cent and 2.3 per cent in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

Mystic, Connecticut is one of those beautiful New England fishing villages, all wooden clapboards and two-storey homes. US flags fly from at least hal(...)

Author Philip Roth in New York in September 15th, 2010. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

Philip Roth, who died on Tuesday at the age of 85, was a prolific, protean and often blackly comic novelist who was a pre-eminent figure in 20th centu(...)

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley and Paul Mannion in action against Kerry’s Ronan Shanahan and David Moran last April. Dublin get their season under way against Kildare in Croke Park tonight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“The days are short, the sun a spark. Hung thin between the dark and dark.” That was John Updike’s take on January. Updike was more a golf man, truth (...)

Those in the smaller crowd on Tuesday night, the one that stayed to see the wrecked Irish players leave the field, can at least say: I was there, all the way. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Many thousands of Republic of Ireland fans felt that they couldn’t bear to stay until the bitter end of the Tuesday night’s reality check by the ice-c(...)

Judith Jones: as a young editorial assistant at Doubleday in Paris she rescued The Diary of Anne Frank from a pile of rejects and persuaded her superiors to publish it in the United States.

Judith Jones, the editor who discovered Julia Child and advanced a generation of culinary writers that revolutionised cooking and tastes in American h(...)

Among the best short story writers (top row): John Cheever, Eudora Welty, Raymond Carver; (Bottom row): Ron Rash, Flannery O’Connor and Richard Ford

And the rocket’s red glare. The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there From The Star Spangled Banner (1814)(...)

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