Saturday, July 16, 2016

" never saw so many phonies in all your life..."

J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye was published by Little, Brown exactly 65 years ago today, on July 16, 1951.

Despite attempts by Samuel Goldwyn, Billy Wilder, Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jerry Lewis and others to secure the movie rights, Holden Caulfield's story has never been seen on the big screen. However, thanks to the Strand Bookstore and YouTube, we have this brilliant short adaptation of the novel starring Gizmo:

(On a related note, upon hearing that both Mark David Chapman and John Hinckley, Jr., had been radicalized by The Catcher in the Rye, Donald Trump has just announced that, if elected, he will declare war on J.D. Salinger's ghost.)

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