Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Be glad you're not famous

Is it just me, or is this story a tale of the cheesiest sort of profiteering?
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. We’ve all heard the saying, and in this case, it’s quite literal. Some may recall the news back in 2014 about Massachusetts resident Paul Moran, who, for several years before Updike’s death in 2009, would surreptitiously collect the writer’s garbage from his curb before the santitation deptartment got there. What Updike had tossed was indeed interesting--signed documents, honorary diplomas, discarded drafts, canceled checks, bills, holiday cards. Moran referred to as “the other John Updike archive,” the more official archive, having been meticulously assembled and curated by the author over decades, is at Harvard University.                                                                                                          
Now that collection of “trash” has found its way to RR Auction in Boston, where final bids will be accepted tomorrow, February 18, at 7:00 p.m. ET. The estimate is $20,000-30,000. The highlights, according to the auctioneer, include 3,500 personal checks signed by Updike (many to bookshops and literary organizations), Updike’s address book, his library cards, several books inscribed to him or with his ownership stamp inside, and floppy disks labeled “Poems,” “Book Reviews,” “Now It Can Be Told, The Black Room,” and “Bluebeard.”

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