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Thursday, February 25 2010

J.D. Salinger and Jethro Tull: The Coming of Age Story Soundtrack

I’m not certain if it says more about J.D. Salinger, Jethro Tull or me, that when I think of the ultimate coming-of-age treatise from the trenches, it’s not a novel but a trio of albums.


Thursday, February 4 2010

J.D. Salinger’s Seymour, a Eulogy

Seymour is the presence you are sure you encountered before the door shut and he was gone; in this way, Seymour (not Holden) becomes the emblem for Salinger himself.


Columns

Wednesday, February 10 2010

Why I Dislike 'Rye': Not be-Holden to Salinger's 'Catcher'

'Catcher in the Rye' is a great novel, but it’s not good. When you're more Ferris Bueller than Holden Caulfield, it's hard to relate to his alienation -- no matter how much teachers want you to.


Blogs

Friday, January 29 2010

I'm Comfortable Being a Cliché (J.D. Salinger and Howard Zinn R.I.P.)

I'm comfortable being a cliché. It suits me. I realize I'm one of a zillion dumb hipster-types living in Brooklyn, blogging about ultimately meaningless nonsense,


News

Wednesday, July 16 2014

Two New Works Capture Only Fleeting Glimpses of the Ever-Elusive J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger: The Escape Artist and My Salinger Year prove that the man's desire to be left alone may forever frustrate our efforts to know who he truly was.


Wednesday, May 4 2011

For this once-infatuated reader, J.D. Salinger's works now seem like so much pretentious talk

I've outgrown J.D. Salinger, and I don't know where that leaves me. I was 10 when my father handed me "The Catcher in the Rye,"


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