Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Memoriam: John Updike

American author John Updike (1932-2009) has died; he was 76. His well-known works included the Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom series (Rabbit Run, 1960), Bech, a Book (1970), The Witches of Eastwick (1984), Terrorist (2006), and the Pulitzer Prize winners Rabbit Is Rich (1981) and Rabbit at Rest (1991). He also contributed well over 800 pieces of writing to The New Yorker magazine. A native of Pennsylvania, Updike later lived and wrote in his adopted Massachusetts.

We’ve been told John Bellairs wasn’t the biggest Updike fan: Bellairs once gave a tour of houses in Newburyport where he was negative only about Updike's house. We think John would have appreciated Updike’s view on history, though --
"Time passes in America and Asia; in Europe, history occurs."

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Report the Features of the Octagon House

We received word a few weeks ago that the Winterborn House in Marshall is for sale. Actually, it’s the Pendleton-Alexander House and here’s the scoop:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Haverhill And The Squirrel's Hoard

The ComicBookResources site featured Comic Book Legends Revealed #188 recently and included this bit of about another of Haverhill's inspirations involving a shirt emblazoned with an S:

Comic Legend: There is no explanation for the S that Jughead wears on his shirt.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gotham Book Mart Holdings Are Given to Penn

The Gotham Book Mart was a famous midtown Manhattan bookstore and cultural landmark that operated from 1920 to 2007.  News of its priceless artifacts was noted by Sewell Chan in the January 2 New York Times: