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Odd jobs : essays and criticism

Author: John Updike
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1991.
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Updike's fourth volume of nonfictional prose and critique of other authors. Includes section of comments on his own works and endeavors.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Updike, John.
Odd jobs.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1991
(OCoLC)555707202
Named Person: John Updike; John Updike
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Updike
ISBN: 0679404147 9780679404149
OCLC Number: 23767234
Description: xxii, 919 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Five days in Finland at the age of fifty-fve --
The parade --
First wives and trolley cars --
Your lover just called: a playlet --
Being on TV I --
Being on TV II --
Books into film --
A nameless rose --
Overboard on Overboard --
Fictional houses --
Can architecture be criticized? --
Is New York City inhabitable? --
A sense of transparency --
A short and happy ride --
Women --
Mother --
The female body --
Beauty --
Spirituality --
The Fourth of July --
Our national monuments --
The importance of fiction --
High art versus popular culture --
Popular music --
The Boston Red Sox, as of 1986 --
Ted Wiliams, as of 1986 --
Edmund Wilson --
Mr. Volente --
Mr. Palomar --
John Cheever I --
John Cheever II --
John Cheever III --
John Cheever IV --
How does the state imagine? --
How does the writer imagine? --
Should writers give lectures? --
Emersonianism --
Howells as anti-novelist --
To Indian summer, by Wiliam Dean Howells --
To Nature's diary, by Mikhail Prishvin --
To The complete stories, by Franz Kafka --
To Seven gothic tales, by Isak Dineson --
To Appointment in Samarra, by John O'Hara --
To The power and the glory, by Graham Greene --
To Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, by Karl Barth --
The gospel according to St. Matthew --
Many Bens --
The ugly duckling --
The heartless man --
The virtues of playing cricket on the village green --
Twisted apples --
The sinister sex --
Cohn's doom --
Summonses, indictments, extenuating circumstances --
Back in Midland City --
Last blague --
What you deserve is what you get --
Beattieniks --
Leaving home --
No more Mr. Knightleys --
Louise in the new world, Alice on the magic molehill --
Doing his thing --
Yahweh over Dionysus, in disputed decision --
Bound to please --
Wrestling to be born --
And nothing but --
Art and artillery --
Between Pinget's ears --
Illuminating reversals --
Michael Tournier --
Small packages --
Baggy monsters --
Expeditions to Gilead and Seegard --
Back tot he classics --
Genius without cause --
Among the masters --
To the Arctic --
Lost among the romantics --
A romp with job --
Spark but no spark --
Bad neighbors --
The Jones boys --
Seeking connections in an insecure country --
Living death --
Latin strategies --
The great Paraguayan novel and other hardships --
Resisting the big boys --
How the other half lives --
Out of the evil empire --
Russian delinquents --
Visiting the land of the free --
Doubt and difficulty in Leningrad and Moscow --
Chronicles and processions --
Satan's work and stilted cisterns --
Three tales from Nigeria --
Chinese disharmonies --
In love with the West --
Far-fetched --
As others see us --
Studies in Post-Hitlerian self-condemnation in Austria and West Germany --
Rational faith --
Mutability and gloire --
Dutchmen and Turks --
Levels and levels --
A pair of parrots --
Memory palaces --
In dispraise of the powers that be --
Ungreat lives --
Old world wickedness --
VN again and again --
Nice tries --
The flaming chalice --
Ecolalia --
In Borges's wake --
Modernist, postmodernist, what will they think of next? --
States of mind --
Final fragments --
Slogging Sammy --
Still stirring --
Still staring --
Writer-consciousness --
A materialist look at eros --
A long way home --
The local view --
Hymn to tilth --
Damp and dull --
Empire's end --
Schulz's charred scraps --
The process and the lock --
Eliot without words --
Goody Sergeant, ; the powerful Katrinka ; K.S.W. --
Witty Dotty --
Was B.B. a crook? --
The bimbo on the barge --
Something substantial and useful about it --
Bull in a type shop --
Art's dawn --
Computer heaven --
Evolution be praised --
Deep time and computer time --
Appedix: literarily personal --
Index.
Responsibility: John Updike.

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Updike's fourth volume of nonfictional prose and critique of other authors. Includes section of comments on his own works and endeavors.

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