Tag Archives: J.D. Salinger

view from the cliff

So long and thanks for all the fish.Even if it is hard to catch the imagery of fish frozen in ice as anything positive and constructive, a kind of purgatory state that is not fully human, but potentially on the … Continue reading

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the ordeal

from The Catcher in The Rye: …In the first place, I’m sort of an atheist. I like Jesus and all, but I don’t care too much for most of the other stuff in the Bible. Take the Disciples, for instance. … Continue reading

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the huck of it: the enviable goddam silences

Like Huck Finn, to whom Holden Caulfield is constantly compared, the hero of The Catcher in the Rye is usually described as a rebel, either against the materialism and ugliness of “our society” or against the realities of the adult … Continue reading

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blank pages: writing something deep inside

In J.D. Salinger’s work, persons and objects, even when they are part of the commonplace, assumed a certain glow that could not be conveyes in lengthy quotations out of context. It is this quality that most strongly linked Salinger to … Continue reading

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J.D : still be-Holden

The critics always worked busily to classify J.D. Salinger. He always eluded them. There was always a feeling in many quarters that altogether too much fuss was being made about J.D. Salinger. George Steiner once castigated it as “The Salinger … Continue reading

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norman the negotiator

Naughty Norman. Not really. Unconscious of what he was doing, or in the grip of forces otside his control. Not likely. Ostensibly, it was a play on innocence, but it was effectively not much different than a J.D. Salinger, Isaac … Continue reading

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unreason: the sound of one hand clapping

The denunciation of reason has always been the reaction of choice since the sunset of the Middle Ages as a general form of criticism; a manner of dealing with its ambiguity, menace and mockery. Unlike madness which could be rationalized … Continue reading

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RADIO DAYS WITH AUNT JULIA: A Nobel In The Rye

Naturally, in the life of a great writer no significant love remains untold. In 1977, during a period when his work took a turn toward comedy, Vargas Llosa wrote Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, about a young man named Mario … Continue reading

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FOURTEEN PIANOS & 25,000 BOOKS

E.L. Doctorow’s novel Homer and Langley, is based on the real life story of the two Collyer brothers of Harlem who lived alone in their childhood home on Fifth Avenue. Homer narrates the story, which takes place over the course … Continue reading

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THE DAMP HAND OF MELANCHOLY

Restaurant Utopia. Five miles high , then, when you come to the fork in the road, take it. ┬áThe sign on the door stated ” Different Cultural Levels Eat Here”. On entering the host delivers a fortune cookie, in which … Continue reading

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