Thursday, September 6, 2012

On JD Salinger

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I wrote this a little while ago... but after something happened I have to admit that I now understand why someone would want to write (because he or she enjoys doing it) and not publish, (because people feel it is their duty to tell you they hate the title of your book, or the name of your main character, or the book cover.) I still don't like Salinger, but I do understand a little better why he never published anything for 40 plus years.

On JD Salinger… Why anyone would write and not want to share that work with the world is beyond me. But for JD, that's a good thing, considering his work. I despise “Catcher in the Rye,” and not for the reasons everyone says about “not wanting to grow up” or being immature. The fact is JD Salanger lied to his reader, plain and simple. Lying to the reader is an unforgivable sin. Your reader is your friend, confidant, and closest ally that you allow into your inner circle, you let them share your deepest and darkest fears and whole truths about your characters. You do not tell some big long lie, build excitement, and intrigue, and then at the end spring out and say, “Ha-Fooled you. The character was in a mental hospital the whole time.”
What do you do when you're 17, trapped in a fortress that's surrounded by a zombies, and your boyfriend is lost? If you're Julie Rayzor, you lock n load.
You drop seeds of evidence that something is amiss. You leave a trail for the reader to discover the secret on his or her own while the characters are still uncertain themselves. Forcing students to read this drivel is just as bad as the author himself. A deceitful man who went off to hide from the world and for that, wonderful! I don’t want to read another thing of his, no matter how pretty the prose.
And upon recollection, his narrative is monotonous and boring. (Swearing makes it better! - NOT) Being forced to read this crap is like Chinese water torture and should be reserved for interrogating suspected terrorists, (and I read it in the 80s when the work was 40 years old, not 70 years old (so this is not an issue of old writing styles.)
"Anyway, It was December and all, and it was cold as a witches teat, especially on top of that stupid hill. I had on my reversible and no gloves or anything. The week before that somebody'd stolen my..."
Someone please make it stop. Make it stop. For the love of God!

What do you do with too many victims? Schwimer digs deep, exhumes the dead, and tracks down suspects. .

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