Origin Stories

Awesomeness Of Lynda Barry Encompasses All Things

"I used to read her comic strip in the San Diego Reader when I was in college. Years later, when I was doing Beavis and Butt-head, I partly based the character Daria on how I imagine Lynda Barry would have been in high school. I drew Daria dressed like Lynda would dress when she went on Letterman."


Before 'Catcher In The Rye': J.D. Salinger's First Holden Caulfield Stories

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher In The Rye. This excerpt is from a longer essay, "The Real Holden Caulfield," available at the Fiction Advocate.

It was either dumb luck or artistic excess that led Salinger to give his most sentimental and developmentally arrested character the name “Holden." Salinger jammed his foot into the trap set by that name, and only managed to walk away because, as with everything about Holden, there is an authenticity that insulates him and his author from the annual term paper analyses that he is “holdin’ on to his innocence” or “holdin’ back his emotions.” According [...]