The Residue of Writing: John Updike’s Garbage

In “The Man Who Made Off With John Updike’s Trash,” Adrienne LaFrance, of The Atlantic, profiles Paul Moran, a man who regularly took John Updike’s trash from the front yard of his Beverly Farms home in Massachusetts.  Moran’s collection includes discarded clothes, photos, letters, royalty checks, an old driver license, broken gadgets, honorary degrees, manuscript pages and more.

“My life is, in a sense, trash,” Updike told the Paris Review.  His words take on new meaning after reading LaFrance’s curiously intriguing article.





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