Updike, Smile

As mentioned earlier, John Updike's last visit to Dallas was exactly one year ago, when he visited with WFAA-Channel 8's John McCaa at the NasherSalon 2008 Lecture Series. After the jump, a wonderful photo of the two men on the Nasher stage courtesy Kristen Gibbins, communications manager at the Nasher Sculpture Center; if nothing else, McCaa now has a terrific keepsake of his visit with the author, who died this morning at the age of 76. But I do love this close-up, which Gibbins also sent. As Literary Kicks' founder Levi Asher wrote three years ago following Updike's appearance at the New York Public Library, "Updike has a mild manner and a great smile, a smile so big that at times there seem to be three people on stage: [moderator] Jeffrey Goldberg, John Updike and John Updike's smile."

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Robert Wilonsky
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