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Day #11929 - Goodreads Updates: Short Story Collections

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

Are these short stories or a novel? Nobody seems quite sure what it is, so I think it would be best to just categorise under bloody good writing. 828 more words

Writing About Writing

A Tribute To Literature

This is my first post and i have decided to go with a tribute to one of my three greatest loves in life; literature.

When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I see is a bookshelf above my bed and the well thumbed edges of the books which rest upon it. 447 more words

Social Commentary


It’s probably not a coincidence that since starting work as a copywriter, my blogging has become sporadic. Typing all day does make coming home and blogging less appealing, but it’s something that makes me happy, so I’ll find the time. 154 more words

Book Reviews

franny and zooey. book review

Book Review: Franny & Zooey

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Franny and Zooey. What was the book about, anyway, if not about what we do to ourselves in a world of criticism and judgment, when we get carried along that way and lose sight of what our indy purposes are, if not about what happens to a family that was once seemingly so united and celebrated for its little unit of togetherness and genius, when it deteriorates and gets cut up by suicide and sending some to war and leaving the rest to smoke and think and worry and carry on in pursuit of something or in pursuit of not pursuing anything, detachment, if not about the funny window into a messy nuclear home life and the quirkiness of moms and sons and sisters, if not about prep schools and homecoming football games and lunches and fainting spells… if it wasn’t about all that, to me, it was about something a bit more thoughtful, less fanciful, more serious even grave, gravely concerned with how we go about our lives faced with the butchers and fat ladies, the disappointments, the faded dreams and painful realities, the fakers finally unmasked and left with what if i’m a faker too, the horrifying naked truth somewhere… and alot of this was also covered in the Catcher In the Rye, so you know it was Salinger in that little bunker on his property in NH where he stole away for weeks at a time in his infantry boots and clothes, probably touching his dogtags from time to time not knowing day or night, night or day, trying to get off the edges and into the heart of something even if it left him with no peace of mind, celebrated in a world he once wanted to celebrate him then reclused himself from, the painful residuals of an earlier attachment, having to detach but going on writing all the same and living a pretty damn long and pretty well respected, earned kinda life… not caring about being prolific or getting his work out even while he was alive necessarily… and i love that about the man and the work… and what i most love about Franny and Zooey whatever it was about, was the smallness of the book in my hands, and the spareness of the cover, the clever east meets west font… but most of all, just the way the two grown kids got around-about-way to the heart-centered business of helping one another out. 14 more words

35, 36 & 37: The Catcher in the Rye, The Wilding, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

“If teen angst were a novel…”

People have decidedly mixed reactions to this book, and I can never quite decide how I feel about it. While it’s very well-written, and Holden comes out with what I think is an excellent literary yardstick (“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”), I think he signally fails his own test. 555 more words


We Live and Breathe the Power of Words

I watched the trailer for the documentary “Salinger” on YouTube without meaning to. It was one of those ad-thingies that pop up before the content you actually want to watch. 868 more words


Archetypes in "The Catcher in the Rye"

What type of hero is Holden?

To me, Holden Caulfield is an unbalanced hero, which is defined as a protagonist who has mental or emotional deficiencies. 767 more words