Monthly Archive for February, 2010

: February, 2010

Salinger letters emerge

Between the years of 1951 and 1993, Salinger wrote a series of letters to his friend E. Michael Mitchell, a graphic artist who designed the original jacket cover of “The Catcher in the Rye” (that

Holden in the movies?

I came across this article recently about the prospect of filming “Catcher in the Rye”, and whether or not the book really is “unfilmable.”  Salinger naturally refused to sell the rights during his

Not-always-so-sweet emotion

Salinger scares up a perfect summation of adolescence in the initial scenes between Holden and his roommate, Stradlater. Stradlater, who is obviously the ladies man that Holden is not, reveals he has

Hello Again, Old Friend

I was probably a couple of years younger than Holden’s 17 when I first read ‘Catcher.’ Now I’m 25 years older than he was (is).  It’s been a very long time since I’ve reread the book, 10 years or so.

“Boy, that kills me” — Holden’s vernacular

One of the most distinctive qualities of Salinger’s prose in “Catcher in the Rye” is breezy, colloquial style of the language. In a way, Holden’s mode of self-expression follows in the tradition of

Reading “Catcher”

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had