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

Saying goodbye to J.D. Salinger

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

Happy Burns Night

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

Here’s to George

“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,


It has to be one of the coolest literary rituals ever. And one particularly fitting the honoree. Every year, on Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday, a mysterious figure shows up in the dark, early morning