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 [...]
Amazing: I had no idea that the late J.D. Salinger's son Matt starred in the 1990 film version of Captain America! I don't know why I'm so delighted by that, but I am. Also, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty and Darren McGavin? How did this thing disappear so quickly? (Don't answer that, I have a pretty good idea.) Anyway, blast from the past and all.
Remember that unauthorized sequel to a classic piece of literature we talked about earlier? The Smoking Gun has discovered the responsible party. Turns out this isn't his first book! The anonymous author of the purported sequel to "The Catcher in the Rye," which has triggered a lawsuit by J.D. Salinger, is a Swedish man whose previous published works include "The Macho Man's (Bad) Joke Book," "The Erotic A-Z," and a volume listing the 100 best heavy metal albums.
Ironically, one reviewer of "The Macho Man's (Bad) Joke Book" referred to it as "the 'Franny & Zooey' of the genre," so this might actually be a good fit.