Like Didion, Steiner considered Catcher of minor literary merit. Its main appeal to students, he argued, is simply that the young like to read about the young, prefer short books, and ones without too many references to other books. Salinger, he says, "flatters [their] very ignorance and moral shallowness."Because making obscure literary references = the apotheosis of moral deepness. Goddamn phonies. Anne Trubeck On Why We Shouldn't Still Be Reading Catcher In The Rye [Good via Bookslut]
*After 'It's A Wonderful Life' and Gregor the bug and Jake Barnes and Guy Montag and the 'Law & Order' franchise (and let's be serious, that really means B.D. Wong and Mariska Hartigay, with moments of Ice-T) and maybe the movie 'Superbad', what do we have? The Homers, the 'Hamlet's, the Brangelinas, Michael Jordan, 'Dazed & Confused', the song "Bombs Over Baghdad," the Olympics and a few watered-down Bible stories. Oh yes, and melting clocks. That, my friends, is it. That and "Project Runway" and Holden Caulfield. Fucking Green Day knew that and I believe they still control high school.