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Not-always-so-sweet emotion

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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 a date with a girl who says she knows Holden: “ ‘I’m thinking … Uh, Jean Gallagher.’ “Boy, I nearly dropped dead when […] [Read More]
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Hello Again, Old Friend

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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. But I’m finding I remember much of it more than most of the books I’ve […] [Read More]
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“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]
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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]
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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]
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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]
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Nevermore?

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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 hours and leaves three roses and a half-full bottle of cognac at the writer’s grave in Baltimore. Poe fans come from […] [Read More]
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