“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
As soon as I saw the trailer for Salinger, a documentary about J.D. Salinger’s life which will be released on PBS on September 6th, I knew I had to see it. Flashily-dramatic trailer aside, I am fascinated by Salinger’s life. When I read Catcher in the Rye in middle school, I couldn’t stop talking about it. Like millions of other readers, I felt like it was a book Salinger had written just for me. I loved it fiercely. And whenever I really enjoy a book, I always like to research the author and try to find out how he or she came to write something so amazing. Because of Salinger’s famously reclusive nature, though, information about his life is somewhat limited.
I’m sure there will be things to criticize about the documentary (and people have already started, calling the cast “a bunch of phonies” and so on), but I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about Salinger’s experiences. I’m also excited about the New York Times article which says that the documentary reveals that “five additional books” by Salinger may be published as soon as 2015.