Salinger

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I recently mentioned this: Exile in Goyville has been up for a little over a year now. In that year-plus, I've written briefly about two influences of mine at the time of their deaths. First was John Updike, then John Hughes. Neither of them has influenced me as much JD Salinger. Salinger's writing not only influenced my writing--my voice and choice of protagonist, for example, and the way I occasionally lean heavily on sarcasm and on the word "goddamn"--but also my real voice, my actual voice that I use to, ya know, talk.

I don't have anything rich to add to everything else people are writing all over the goddamn place right now. I'll just link to the AE's post on the subject, and over to the New Yorker, where you can find links to 12 of the 13 stories Salinger published in that phony magazine.

Now, won't you join me in sitting cross-legged under a table, waiting for the news to drop like an A-bomb that the film rights to Catcher have been optioned?

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Kangaroo B said...

A film version of Catcher on the Rye? Awesome! There's no way that could be a disaster which tarnishes the original work. Here's hoping that Michael Bay directs!

January 28, 2010 at 9:14 PM
Kangaroo B said...

'in' right? Not 'on'. But hey, they should totally change the name. They can just call it: "Anti-hero with rocket launcher takes on the phonies in Washington", and just watch the money roll in.

January 28, 2010 at 9:16 PM
Blythe said...

"If there's one thing I hate," Holden Caulfield announces on Page 2 of The Catcher in the Rye, "it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me."

Not to worry: some books just resist being made into films.

January 29, 2010 at 9:27 AM