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J.D. Salinger dies

 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:18 pm    Post subject: J.D. Salinger dies Reply with quote

A tough couple of weeks for authors, since we also lost Robert B. Parker and Erich Segal a few days ago:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100128/ap_en_ot/us_obit_salinger
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yikes! Add Howard Zinn to the list!:

http://www.imdb.com/news/ni1478320/
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, I was gonna introduce this thread. Well, shit.

RIP, JD. Watch out for those lousy movies.

And be nicer to your women in your next life.

And stop tracking mud all over my nice clean kitchen floor!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You just know publishers were wanting him to pen a needless sequel to Catcher in the Rye; and you also know that Salinger was way too much of a class-act to do such a thing.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2010 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading an article written by a much younger woman he was sleeping with who said Salinger still wrote every day, and had a safe full of manuscripts. Oh, to spend a few months going through that!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To my mind, Salinger shares a lot in common with the Beatles, in the sense that he's an immensely popular figure whose premature retirement has been much mourned for decades, even though he, like the Fab Four, most likely dropped out just before the inevitable lapse into total suckiness. I've heard his absence from publishing had a lot to do with the disastrous reception given his last published story, which has yet to be reprinted.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catcher in the Rye is one of those books I've often read about, always kept on my to-read list, but never did read. It's apparently a mainstay of high-school curricula, but apparently our teacher of French (and we didn't read novels in ESL classes), when he decided to go for American literature in translation, opted for second-rate Kerouac instead. And now I fear I might be too old to enjoy it if I ever came around to reading it.

It's possible that Salinger's inspiration just ran out, or that, as UDM said, he retired because he saw what was ahead. I wonder how much we can compare him to Greta Garbo, who not only retired after her first box office flop but also lived as a recluse thereafter (and certainly a more acceptable one than Pynchon, who encouraged the myth around his own secrecy by providing the voice for his "appearance" on The Simpsons with a paper bag over his head). If he indeed had so many manuscripts about the house, we can rule out his inspiration or motivation having come to an abrupt stop, as happened, famously, to Dashiell Hammett.
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