JOHN UPDIKE, TELEVISION WRITER

Newhart

Dick Loudon, growing increasingly depressed about his middling career as a writer of do-it-yourself books, purchases a Connecticut guesthouse and moves there with his emotionally distant former mistress Joanna. But the chill New England air only serves to heighten the tension between them, and soon Dick begins an affair with Stephanie, the chambermaid. He makes love to her against a tree; his loins, too, seem armored with bark.

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