Fait Diver: Holden Pattern


It’s been a tad over two years since Little Jerry Salinger (as Carol Matthau called ) bought the farm.

Now this writer of small output yet unaccountably outsized popularity


is back in the news

NEW YORK (AP) — A new J.D. Salinger film and biography are being billed as an unprecedented look into the mysterious life of the author of “The Catcher In the Rye.”
Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday that it had acquired “The Private War of J.D. Salinger,” an oral biography compiled by author David Shields and filmmaker-screenwriter Shane Salerno, whose screenplay credits include the Oliver Stone film “Savages.” Salinger’s own books have been published by Little, Brown and Co.

a 24-hours-in-the-life-of a snotty, homopbobic preppy with a borderline-imcestuous fixation on his sister


is some sort of Holy Grail for impressionable teenagers — and stalker assassins


is marginally more interesting, particularly “Just Before The War With The Eskimos.” Salinger’s own interest was with “A Perfect Day For Bananafish” whose anti-hero kills himself. Salinger spent the rest of his life trying to explain why.
Does anyone really care?


Loved her, hated him.


Seee More Glass? I’d prefer less.

And that, aoficially, is all there is save for the uncollected “Hapworth 16, 1924″

However, the lovely-as-she-is-erudite Meredith Brody has just reminded me of THIS

Salerno has been working for several years on his documentary, which PBS will air next January for the 200th of its “American Masters” series. According to Simon & Schuster, the book and film draw upon interviews “with over 150 sources who either worked directly with author J.D. Salinger, had a personal relationship with him, or were influenced by his work.”



Salinger’s longtime literary agent, Phyllis Westberg of Harold Ober Associates Inc., declined to comment Tuesday.
Simon & Schuster’s announcement does not say whether the ultimate Salinger question is answered: Did he leave behind any unpublished manuscripts? Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said he could not provide detail beyond what is in the news release.
Virtually nothing new has been learned about the author since he died in New Hampshire in 2010 at age 91. No authorized biography has appeared
“The myth that people have read about and believed for 60 years about J.D. Salinger is one of someone too pure to publish, too sensitive to be touched. We replace the myth of Salinger with an extraordinarily complex, deeply contradictory human being,” Salerno said in a statement. “Our book offers a complete revaluation and reinterpretation of the work and the life.”
“Both the film and book are an investigation into the cost of art and the cost of war,” Simon & Schuster senior editor Jofie Ferrari-Adler said in a statement. “This is a truly revelatory work, and one that transcends literary biography to investigate the larger story of the legacy of World War II. Through the prism of Salinger’s life and his experience at war, the authors are presenting a personal history of the 20th century.”
Salinger was reportedly deeply scarred by his service during World War II, when he interrogated prisoners of war.

Eileen Farrell will sing us out with a World War II song accompanied by its co-author (with Betty and Adolph), Leonard Bernstein


  1. Natch January 30, 2013 8:19 am 

    When was the sequence with Eileen Farrell ? I had never heard her in anything other than classical music, this is really good. I wanted to tell you something about Albee – but I need to find the time to write and blogs are going too fast for me! – It’s mainly about Bergman, elsewhere …

  2. David E January 30, 2013 8:40 am 

    Eilee Farrel cut several albums of popular songs.

    Albee and Ingmar? Sounds fascinating.

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