Updike, “The Parade” (1984)

John Updike’s childhood home in Shillington, Pennsylvania. (The Reading Eagle)

Not at all a story. It had been part of “The Egg Race,” which The New Yorker didn’t like, was cut from it, years later resubmitted as its own story, declined, then run in the Ontario Review and in Odd Jobs, a recollection of when he was invited to be in the Shillington parade. It’s descriptive, entirely self absorbed, not illuminating or generous about parades. In Odd Jobs, he places it in a section on personal essays but doesn’t bother changing the fictional Hayesville.

Ontario Review, Spring-Summer 1985