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J.D. Salinger | J.D. Salinger

kevin-arnold's picture
Apr.13.2014
This, the second of my blogs from my reading of the book Salinger by Shields and Salerno, is taken from a letter he wrote to Joyce Maynard. A blog doesn't afford the space to explore Jerry’s relationship with Joyce or women in general, but hints of mysogeny form the most delicate aspect of his...
paddison-orvik's picture
Dec.09.2013
While trying to complete my latest  work—“The Grapefruit Burners” and other Short Stories About Growing Up In Southern California, Circa 1950s—I felt a compelling need to reread Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.  The novel certainly deals with child neglect and abandonment, the topics of...
lawrence-grobel's picture
Sep.06.2013
“Larry, I just saw the trailer for the J.D. Salinger documentary and I could swear that’s your voice at the end of it.” I told my friend that it could be, since I was interviewed for the film five or six years ago, when Shane Salerno was still figuring out how he wanted to make a film about the...
monty-heying's picture
Apr.03.2013
It's debatable the degree to which anyone can actually be taught to write, but according to one source Salinger blossomed while taking Whit Burnett's writing class at Columbia University. Publicly, Salinger has given credit to The New Yorker for teaching him to write by virtue of their...
monty-heying's picture
Jul.19.2012
We'd have fewer cases of teenagers going postal if CATCHER were used to teach about mental illness. Like John Voss in EMPIRE FALLS, and Andrew Clark in the cult film, BREAKFAST CLUB, Holden Caulfield  shines a golden light on the teenager in crisis. Try and view CATCHER as less about...
monty-heying's picture
Jun.27.2012
As an undergraduate in the '60s I could barely get through CATCHER. I didn't care about some crude spoiled preppy kid who couldn't get his act together. In a word, I was clueless. I reread the book last fall and discovered something profound, that Holden was suffering from PTSD stemming from the...
christopher-meeks's picture
Apr.29.2012
  I saw Bruce Springsteen and his larger-than-ever E Street Band on Friday, and to say it was a religious experience is not much of an exaggeration. His concerts over the years have evolved into something akin to a secular humanist revival meeting. How “secular” they are can be argued as some...
steven-belanger's picture
Feb.12.2012
photo: Audiobook of Speak, from booksamillion.com.  (Wikipedia's image was very faint.)   I volunteered to make a CD from the tapes of this title, so I figured I'd get some computer work done at the same time.  I do that from time to time for free.  I tell the people how long...
monty-heying's picture
Dec.02.2011
We've all had them--the teacher whose class you hated to attend: who talks without saying anything or plays favorites or humiliates or any number of abuses of this exalted role in front of the class. In The Catcher in the Rye, Salinger burns Mr. Spencer into our memory with one of my favorite...
steven-belanger's picture
Apr.06.2011
A bit of an eye-opener today: an e-friend of mine wrote to say that I should be congratulated, that a 76,000-word, complete novel is a real achievement.  Funny that I'd never, not once, thought of it that way.  I've always been so hellbent on being published that the actual completion of the...