May 9, 2010 |
Some advice for downtown hotels Regarding "Urbane Renewal" by Christopher Reynolds [May 2]: Why don't the downtown L.A. hotels offer a getaway package for local residents? The hotels could tie it into a concert or sports event and pick up their getaway guests at their door and whisk them to the hotel. Granted, these hotels would lose their huge parking fees, but they may entice even more Angelenos to have a staycation. David Reid, Hollywood Of planes, pets and allergies Regarding "Fido Takes Flight," On the Spot [May 2]
May 2, 2010
On the heels of Holden Caulfield You did it! Bested the New York Times for the most interesting article of the weekend. I take both papers and am usually drawn to the N.Y. Times, but not this time. Ulin's retracing of Holden's inner and outer journey led to me retracing mine. What better job can a writer do? -- Ashby Jones, Tustin Walking in Holden Caulfield's footsteps through Manhattan is an inspired piece of writing. I also am from New York. Although I never lived in Manhattan, reading Ulin's narrative made me acutely homesick for Midtown in the '50s, but most of all for the soul of Manhattan.
April 25, 2010 |
Holden Caulfield was a flâneur . That's not generally how we think of him, this archetype of adolescent alienation, this detester of phonies, this poor little lost boy whose voice — by turns knowing, childlike, cynical and bereft — drives J.D. Salinger's iconic 1951 novel, "The Catcher in the Rye." Yet, from the moment, about a quarter of the way through the book, he arrives by train at Manhattan's now-demolished original Pennsylvania Station building, he is our guide on one of the 20th century's great literary walking tours.
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January 29, 2010
Excerpts Here is the opening of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," narrated by Holden Caulfield, a tormented prep-school flunk-out who is headed for mental collapse. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
July 5, 2009 |
Antihero: Someone who rejects conventional morality, suffers from indecision, lacks qualities, is weak, epitomizes human frailty. Looks a lot like me. Is dead. I've been working on a short novel, more or less autobiographical, in which the fictional me is something of an antihero.
June 25, 2009 |
J.D. Salinger, as you may have read over the last few weeks, is inveighing against "phonies" yet again. Fifty-eight years since the publication of "The Catcher in the Rye" -- indeed, 44 years since he published anything -- the famously reclusive and litigious author, now 90, recovering from hip surgery and totally deaf, has taken legal action to stop the U.S. publication of a Swedish novel called "Sixty Years Later: Coming Through Rye."