“I am highly concerned about the tweeter who picked Holden Caulfield as the fictional character they’d most like to marry. Do you really think he’d make good husband material? Because I don’t. But put him alongside Christian Grey, or Legolas, or Edward Cullen – all other suggestions as the #FictionalCharactersIWantToMarry hashtag became one of the top trending topics on Twitter yesterday – and he starts to look a better option. At least Holden’s not a violent sadist, or a vampire, or an elf. And he does love his sister.”
From “Want to marry a fictional character? You could do so much better.” in The Guardian.
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A new J.D. Salinger film and biography are being billed as an unprecedented look into the mysterious life of the author of The Catcher In the Rye.
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it had acquired The Private War of J.D. Salinger, an oral biography compiled by author David Shields and filmmaker-screenwriter Shane Salerno, whose screenplay credits include the Oliver Stone film Savages.
- TIME, January 2013
Happy (belated) birthday Mr. Salinger.
Kevin Smokler at The Millions on re-reading Catcher as an adult:
I missed Allie the first 10 times I read Catcher and focused on what everyone else did: That Holden Caufield is a brat, perhaps the ur-pain-in-the-ass-surly teenager to bond with or recoil from. But that stereotype didn’t really exist in the mid 1940s when Salinger conceived of him while enlisted as a soldier, a young man just a bit older than Holden when we witnessed handfuls of his friends die in battle. Holden helped birth the surly-teen generation (he arrived a good few years before rock n’ roll, the panic over juvenile delinquency and Rebel Without a Cause) but came from the one before, who knew the refrain of “please don’t let me die” from Normandy and Dunkirk.
Read all of A Year in Reading: The Catcher in the Rye.