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Sunday, August 1st, 2010
5:15 pm
Catcher online?
Hi!  I'm wondering if any of you have a link to somewhere that has Catcher in the Rye online.  I know there was that one website--now defunct--that had pretty much everything Salinger ever published on it.  I think it was hosted by freewebs or something like that?  And I could have sworn it had the word Hungary in the URL.  You could still get to the site using the Wayback Machine, so if anyone has the link to that I'd really appreciate it.  I had it bookmarked, but my computer broke and I consequently lost everything I had bookmarked.

Thanks a million!  I'm only asking because I like to be able to search for a certain word in a book.  It helps me hunt down quotes I need.  I'd just use Google Books, but unfortunately there's no preview available so I can't search it.
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
8:27 pm
Saturday Evening Post reprints A Boy In France
Hey everybody,

I already mentioned this on the bananafish list, but I figured the salinger group here might be interested, too. The Saturday Evening Post, which just recently started publishing new fiction again, just reprinted A Boy In France in their current (July/August, I think) issue.

For some reason they aren't publicizing this at all, but I was checking their website out of curiosity and found it on accident. Today I checked it out at the library; it was a little surreal, but I'm always glad to see a Salinger story plucked from the archives. It's reillustrated, too—I took a quick-and-dirty picture of the main spread with my phone's camera, which you can see in the LJ Cut.

the afore-mentioned LJ CutCollapse )
Monday, June 7th, 2010
3:19 pm
Edit: The site isn't up anymore, but I still have the full PDF if you need it! Comment below with your e-mail address.

For anyone looking for Twenty-Two Stories, there is a website with each story in PDF format.


In addition, if anyone still needs the whole thing in one complete PDF, I can e-mail it to you. Just leave your e-mail address in a comment.
Sunday, March 28th, 2010
9:33 pm
New Salinger Biography
I keep meaning to post something about this, but I'm always forgetting. Here goes:

Our friend deadcaulfields's long-awaited Salinger biography has finally been released, and having just finished it I can say that it was worth the wait.

Spoiler alert: he does not know what's in The Vault or what of it we'll see, and the section on Salinger after Hapworth is pretty slim. But the view of Salinger's early life, and especially his World War II experiences, is unparalleled, and for those of us who might never get the chance to see the unpublished works hiding in Princeton and Texas he does a remarkable job of summarizing their place in the Salinger oeuvre. Everything, in fact, is contextualized beautifully; he's got a ton of new sources, and an extremely detailed knowledge of the available correspondence, and he uses it to say more than I thought could be known about Salinger's opinion of his various works.

The price is a little steep for those of us in the states, because it's published in the UK, but if you've been waiting for the definitive Salinger biography this is it.
Thursday, January 28th, 2010
1:59 pm
RIP JD. You will be missed by many and your work will live on.
Thursday, January 1st, 2009
1:29 am
I suspect people of plotting to make me birthday cakes.
Happy ninetieth, J.D. Salinger. Thanks for Catcher, and Nine Stories, and the uncollected ones I'm finally reading on my Christmas Kindle. Please don't burn whatever it is you've been writing these forty-four years.

Obligatory New York Times article on the occasion, which--obviously and frustratingly--has Nothing We Don't Already Know.
Saturday, December 20th, 2008
4:48 pm
Hi all! I'm new to this community.

I saw a post on how to create your own Twenty-two Stories about two years ago.(http://community.livejournal.com/jdsalinger/107849.html)
I was wondering if anyone still had the pdf document for that? I've been trying to reformat the one offered online on Word for hours now and it is not working out well since Word enjoys to reformat documents on its own accord. I would appreciate it immensely if anyone could help me out - I've been looking for these unpublished works for a while and it would be great to have a bound copy of them. Thank you thank you for your time if you do.

Also - I had a question about the unpublished Salinger's works at the Firestone Library at Princeton. How does that work? Are visitors allowed to bring in anything while viewing the documents? I think I may make the trip this week so I'm not sure whether I ought to bring anything with me when I go to the library.
Thursday, December 4th, 2008
1:19 pm
Hi! I'm Erin Glasse. With an e. Which is so lucky, because I love Salinger. But I got the last name from my husband.

I've read all Salinger's published work and Halward, and the first part of the book by his daughter.

Favorite: Teddy
Least Favorite: Catcher in the Rye
I pronounce Zooey: Zoe
My reasoning for this is: It fits him better than Zooey.

I write short stories and poetry, and Salinger is probably my biggest influence.

Question for you guys: WHAT is Muriel referring to Seymour doing with the trees while he's driving? (In Bananafish). I think he gets so interested in the trees that he drives badly.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
9:40 pm
i think this is my first post, and i've been a member forever.
there is a beautiful story called De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period.

Easily one of the most overlooked out of the nine. For a high school short story paper i chose to critique Pretty Mouth Green My Eyes-(a finely tuned lackluster story which seeps with body language and unspoken words) - but now five years later, why didn't i critique De Daumier-Smith? It had always been the last story i read during my re-reads because i found it most enjoyable! And yet even my own conscience passed it by!

What I find most interesting about it is how the stories of our youth reveal themselves. I was talking to a painter today, and he mentioned "entering a blue period" of his own- and that sent my brain on a scavenger hunt. Which eventually and quite vividly reminded me "toute le monde est unne nonne." Weird. (and no, my memory isn't that good-i only remembered the last line in english, but i did remember he had wrote it in french also, so i grabbed my copy and looked it up...busted.)

But beautiful! It reassured and humbled myself. What a beautiful silly little tale.

I'm going to read it over again tonight for the first time in years.

I just thought I should let you know. Mes amies de Salinger- merci.
Friday, September 19th, 2008
12:14 pm
What makes pre-Glass JDS JDS?
I floated this topic on the bananafish list, too, so apologies if you're getting it again. But I think an interesting thing to talk about re: Salinger is what made him a celebrated author before the Glass family and even Catcher in the Rye.

So I'm asking: what do you think people saw in the Nine Stories (and the uncollected stories, if you've read them) that made JDS a Future Star in the short story firmament?
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
1:59 pm
Allie's baseball mitt.
Hello all. I don't know if this topic has yet been discussed, but I'm doing a project for a creative writing course involving Allie's baseball mitt from the Catcher in the Rye. Holden mentions poems that are written "all over the fingers and the pocket" in green ink. It says in the book that Allie dies in the year 1946. Out of curiosity, considering his foil to Holden, what sort of poetry do you think would have been written on Allie's baseball mitt? I appreciate any feedback, thanks.
Thursday, July 24th, 2008
1:21 pm
Salinger NYC map?
I'm not sure if I saw it posted here or if I posted it here in the past, but the NY Times or some NYC publication ran an article online with a Salinger Scavenger Hunt/Catcher in the Rye tour of sorts. It gave a listing of all of the places where Salinger used to hang out and where the Glass family was based and all of that. It's NOT the article listing where the Glass family houses were located, but a different one about letting Salinger be your guide through NYC.

anyone have the link? I'm kinda dying for it as I'm here in NYC for a summer :)

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
12:50 pm
Franny and Zooey

So Franny and Zooey is one of my favorite books, to the point where I carry a copy of it in my purse to read whenever I have a chance.  And every so often, somebody notices the book and asks me what I am reading.  And then I am faced with a dilemna:

How does one prononce Zooey's name?  Is it Zoo-ey, as it looks like it would be phonetically pronounced, or is it 
Zo-ey, like the common name?  

Because I feel pretty ridiculous not knowing how to say the name of my constant literary companion.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
1:42 pm
Catcher in the Rye

I'm struggling to catch all the meanings of the title. I've heard that catcher in the rye can be used ironically - to describe a bad catcher (baseball player) or a catcher in a inappropriate situation. Could it be so?

Monday, May 5th, 2008
6:43 pm
need a citation
"A Perfect Day for Bananafish". While talking to Sybil Seymour asks her where she lives.
Could anyone tell me what's her answer exactly? Does she mispronounce the name (like a little child would)?
Friday, March 28th, 2008
3:27 pm
no more color-bar?
I was at Barnes and Noble the other day and while I was making my customary favorite author sweep I noticed that there are new mass-market paperback editions of all four Salinger books; sharing space with the (classic, in my opinion) plain white/color-bar-in-the-upper-corner covers were new editions that had the books' original cover art on them.

Normally this would be a cause for celebration--I'd love a copy of the Great Gatsby with the original art, for instance, and everyone loves the Catcher cover--but I had grown rather attached to the extremely cryptic covers that have graced the books for, according to the copyright date, seventeen years or so. The post-Catcher first edition covers have not aged that well, anyway; that font looks like something somebody's mom would print out garage sale fliers with.
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
9:45 pm

Hey everyone, I thought you might be interested in a Salinger-related article I wrote for fictioncircus.com. The article, which is a review of Salinger's under-published stories in magazines from the '40s to the '60s (which have never been collected in book form) is called "Bootlegging Salinger." Check it out for Salinger trivia and a link to all 22 of Salinger's secret stories.
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
7:18 pm
has anyone read this?
i recently came across this book, and was intrigued... is it any good?

Tom Henderson (a.k.a. King Dork, Chi-mo, Hender-fag, and Sheepie) is a typical American high school loser until he discovers the book, The Catcher in the Rye, that will change the world as he knows it. When Tom discovers his deceased father’s copy of the Salinger classic, he finds himself in the middle of several interlocking conspiracies and at least half a dozen mysteries involving dead people, naked people, fake people, ESP, blood, a secret code, guitars, monks, witchcraft, the Bible, girls, the Crusades, a devil head, and rock and roll. And it all looks like it’s just the tip of a very odd iceberg of clues that may very well unravel the puzzle of his father’s death and–oddly–reveal the secret to attracting semihot girls.
Being in a band could possibly be the secret to the girl thing–but good luck finding a drummer who can count to four.
Monday, December 31st, 2007
4:28 pm
words, a couple of them
alot of salinger quotes (particularly those from franny and zooey) have been appearing in the community, literary quotes. and once i was a tad embarrassed that i was infatuated with his prose, now i feel more able to. it more the delicate images painted in my mind, especially ones such as franny saying that she definitely could fly for when she touched the ground there was dust on her fingers. or seymour smiling at the fact that buddy had written down 
writer' as his occupation, and saying that it was the greatest euphemism he had ever heard. there is more. what are you favourite salinger moments?

on another note, this place kind of reminds me of a quintessential salinger reader, a person trying to find thier place, and love things beautiful. im not so sure, but its quite a pretty place.
Saturday, November 24th, 2007
11:14 pm
Back home with my copy of Nine Stories
"Tilting his head back, he slowly released an enormous quantity of smoke from his mouth and drew it up through his nostrils. He continued to smoke in this "French-inhale" style. Very probably, it was not part of the sofa vaudeville of a showoff but, rather, the private, exposed achievement of a young man who, at one time or another, might have tried shaving himself left-handed."
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