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Pocket: Log In. Holden Caulfield Reviews the J.D. Salinger Documentary. Salinger and the Architecture of Personal Mythology. By Maria Popova How “a broken soldier and a wounded soul transformed himself, through his art, into an icon of the twentieth century and then, through his religion, destroyed that art.” In 1951, The Catcher in the Rye catapulted J. D. Salinger into instant literary celebrity and the 65 million copies sold to date have stirred generations of dejected adolescents. Despite having spent his entire adult life aspiring to become a successful author, Salinger found himself unprepared for the avalanche of attention with which the novel swarmed him.

He withdrew into himself, publishing new work less and less frequently, until in 1965, without warning or explanation, Salinger silently disappeared. What happened? That’s precisely what writer David Shields and screenwriter, producer, and director Shane Salerno investigate in Salinger: The Private War of J.D. J. Landing at Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Salinger was an extraordinarily complex, deeply contradictory human being. Donating = Loving. Salinger – first look review | Film. "If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies," declared Holden Caulfield. Not so his creator who nursed youthful dreams of being an actor and liked nothing better, later in life, than to curl up in front of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps, or his personal favourite Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, in which Ronald Colman crash-lands in the Himalayas and stumbles across the secret of eternal youth.

The perfect Salinger combination: enlightenment plus milkshake. That the famously retiring author was engaged in a lifelong pursuit of the same, whether in his work or with women, is the contention of a new documentary, produced by Harvey Weinstein, and directed by Shane Salerno, the screenwriter who gave us Michael Bay's Armageddon, Oliver Stone's Savages, and other such sylphine tributes to innocence lost. This film packs something of the same irresistibility. The resulting portrait, for all Salinger's peculiarity, seems horribly familiar. Saturday Show #34 (J.D. Salinger to Publish 5 New Books Edition) | FrankMarcopolos.com.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:02:19 — 42.8MB) J.D. Salinger and the 4 Musketeers In episode 34 of Saturday Show Podcast, Frank discusses El Jefe Obama’s decision not to bomb the hell out of Syria (yet), several different charities to support if you’re concerned about humanitarian aid, the HOT news about J.D.

Salinger’s plan to publish new material posthumously, and literary fiction techniques gleaned from the REAL Writers’ Group in Austin, Texas, focusing on “Sweethearts” by Richard Ford, the movie “The Professional” starring a young Natalie Portman, and a pornographic member story. Fun! The audio player above uses Flash. Show notes and other links of note from this episode: Mark Twain on the Spanish-American WarList of American Liesrescue.orgdoctorswithoutborders.orgkiva.orgThe Real Writers Group on Meetup.comJ.D. Music provided by lazztunes07 and radiotimes of ccMixter.org. Film on J. D. Salinger Claims More Books Coming.

Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum. Why does Salinger's Catcher in the Rye still resonate? JD Salinger has consulted his lawyers over an unauthorised "sequel" to his classic novel The Catcher in the Rye. But 58 years after the story about a disaffected teenager was published, why is it still so powerful to so many people? Holden Caulfield does not like a lot of what he encounters. Much is dopey, corny, lousy, crumby, vomity but most of all, phoney. Holden is surrounded by phoneys, almost wherever he goes. It's almost enough to make him puke. Holden is 16. Expelled from his prep school for flunking too many subjects, he travels to New York, his home town. Mostly he ruminates on the people he meets, people he met in the past and his dead brother. And yet this story of a couple of days in the life of a teenager has sold tens of millions of copies since its release.

Rise of teenager Fans of the novel regard it as the defining work on what it is like to be a teenager. The book's publication in 1951 came at the dawn of the age of the teenager. School controversy Teenage everyman.