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28 Jan 2010 20:29


Culture: Three key years in recluse J.D. Salinger’s life of not talking much

  • 1951 the year Salinger published his only book; that book, “Catcher in the Rye,” was a doozy
  • 1965 the last time Salinger published a short story, “Hapworth 16, 1924;” he lived in seclusion
  • 1981 the last time he gave an interview, to the The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana source

24 Jul 2009 17:28


U.S.: Renowned author E. Lynn Harris dies in Beverly Hills at the age of 54

Harris, who saw 10 of his 11 novels appear on The New York Times best-seller list, died yesterday. He is best known for his work covering the black LGBT community. source

19 Jul 2009 21:39


U.S.: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt dies at 78

The former school teacher and author of ‘Angela’s Ashes’ died in New York City from metastatic melanoma today. He was 78 and left behind a lot of very, very good work. source

16 Jun 2009 10:42


Culture: The author of the unsanctioned “Catcher in the Rye” sequel responds!

  • The backstory J.D. Salinger wrote this book called “Catcher in the Rye” that’s required reading for high schoolers and became a recluse. Then, he came out of hiding to file a lawsuit against some guy writing a new book about the book’s protagonist, 60 years later.
  • The defense Saying “I am not a pirate,” the author, Fredrik Colting, claims in a court brief that he’s not ripping off the author but critically analyzing his work – specifically, the relationship between Holden Caulfield and the reclusive author who inspired him. source

03 Jun 2009 18:41


Culture: J.D. Salinger FINALLY comes out of hiding … to file a lawsuit

  • There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.
  • A 1980 quote from J.D. Salinger • Referred to in his lawsuit against the producers of “60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye,” a book that brings Holden Caulfield into the present day. The producers of the book, which is authored by “J.D. California,” also make lots and lots of joke books. Salinger, based in New Hampshire, has successfully avoided the spotlight since last publishing in 1965. May we just point out – gay marriage legal in NH on the same day NH’s most famous recluse returns to the public eye? Clearly not a coincidence. • source

09 Mar 2009 22:15


Culture, Music: Dear Ryan Adams: Please stop following/diluting your muse

  • 2 books by Ryan Adams in six months. He does this with music, too. source

02 Mar 2009 23:10


Culture: David Foster Wallace’s failed struggle with the written word

  • What goes on inside is just too fast and huge and all interconnected for words to do more than barely sketch the outlines of at most one tiny little part of it at any given instant.
  • Author David Foster Wallace • From a 2001 short story. Wallace died last year after committing suicide. His unfinished third novel, “The Pale King,” will come out next year, but an excerpt is available at The New Yorker Web site. On a side note, this linked article would require 800 ShortFormBlog posts to do justice; it’s freaking huge. • source