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Olivia Just

Salinger letters emerge

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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 famous red horse), and lived next to Salinger in Westport. Two weeks after his death, eleven letters addressed from the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Holden in the movies?

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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 lifetime, but with his recent death comes a renewed swirl of intrigue over the idea of a movie. Personally, I think it […] [Read More]
Categories: classics, General, Movies

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

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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 Huck Finn’s, and the task of writing in a specific and believable vernacular is, I would imagine, very challenging  — capturing the […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Reading “Catcher”

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“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 me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Saying goodbye to J.D. Salinger

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The elusive and beloved author of “The Catcher in the Rye”, “Franny and Zooey”, and “Nine Stories”, died Wednesday at his home in Cornish N.H., at the age of 91. The New York Times ran a detailed and fitting obituary. Salinger is perhaps best known as the creator of one of the most caustic and […] [Read More]
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Happy Burns Night

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January 25, 2010 marks the 251st birthday of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, author of “Auld Lang Syne” and “My luv’s like a red, red rose.” Each year, the anniversary is commemorated with the celebration of Burns Night, a traditional holiday in Scotland and the UK.  Burns Night festivities usually honor the bard of Scotland with […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Here’s to George

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“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell Today marks the 60th anniversary of George Orwell’s death. He was born Eric Arthur Blair in Motihari, India, on June 25 1903, and died in London on January 21, 1950, at the age of forty-six. For the last three […] [Read More]
Categories: General

The Baker Street Irregulars

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I finally went to see the new Sherlock Holmes adaptation with no small amount of trepidation. For years, Holmes and I have been very well acquainted and I was afraid my clear, well-defined image of a character I so loved would be muddled and abused by watching the film. I walked into the movie theater […] [Read More]

Another look at Jane

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“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.” – Jane Eyre Despite the holiday rush, I have unofficially allotted this month as the time to catch up on all the books I think I’ve read, should have read, or never properly read. All the […] [Read More]

‘Christmas, a humbug!’

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Everyone knows ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The tale of the frightfully avaricious Scrooge, the impecunious Bob Cratchit and his effervescent Tiny Tim is all but inescapable during the holidays. There have been countless stage productions and films, including the new Disney version, and everyone has heard a thousand and one times the famed exclamation from the […] [Read More]
Categories: classics