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With love and squalor : 14 writers respond to the work of J.D. Salinger
Kotzen, Kip.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Broadway Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 194 pages ; 21 cm
Good-bye, Holden Caulfield. I mean it. Go! Good-bye! / Walter Kirn -- The peppy girls of Friendswood, Texas / René Steinke -- Salinger and sobs / Charles d'Ambrosio -- Salinger's daughter: whining bitch (or "How I became the voice of youth") / Emma Forrest -- The importance of wax and olives / Aleksander Hemon -- The trouble with Franny / Lucinda Rosenfeld -- Franny and Amy / Amy Sohn -- The boy that had created the disturbance : reflections on minor characters in life and The Catcher in the Rye / John McNally -- Normal people / Karen E. Bender -- The Salinger weather / Thomas Beller -- An unexamined life / Benjamin Anastas -- Holden schmolden / Aimee Bender -- The yips / Joel Stein -- Holden Caulfield : a love story / Jane Mendelsohn.
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Reading The Catcher in the Rye has become a rite of passage for young Americans, landing the book on bestseller lists (and banned book lists) each year, even though it was published a half century ago. What is it about J. D. Salinger and his body of work that has left such a lasting mark on American fiction? And who better to answer that question than the current generation of writers?

Here are fourteen of the most vital voices in the contemporary American fiction scene pulling no punches in response to a writer who continues to beguile, charm, fascinate, and frustrate generations of readers. Contributors Walter Kirn, Ren? Steinke, Charles D'Ambrosio, Emma Forrest, Aleksander Hemon, Lucinda Rosenfeld, Amy Sohn, John McNally, Karen E. Bender, Thomas Beller, Benjamin Anastas, Aimee Bender, Joel Stein, and Jane Mendelsohn turn themselves inside out as they discuss their personal reactions to reading Salinger classics-not only The Catcher in the Rye but also Franny and Zooey, Raise High the Roofbeams , Carpenters , and the short stories-and explore, with begrudging gratitude, how Salinger helped to form the deepest reaches of their literary imaginations.

Author Notes

Thomas Beller is the author of a collection of stories, "Seduction Theory", & a Web site, He lives in New York City.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Catcher in the Rye has garnered quite a bit of attention, and in this anthology of thoughtful, articulate essays, young writers weigh in with their views on Salinger and his fiction. Love him or hate him, Salinger as well as his works have had a lasting effect on all of these writers. Many encountered him for the first time in high school, where Catcher in the Rye was required reading more often than not. Essays by ReneSteinke and Charles D'Ambrosio concern loss, sorrow, and isolation as seen through Salinger's eyes, and their own. Novelists Emma Forrest and Lucinda Rosenfeld both express their disappointment with Salinger; Forrest for having to live up to the ideal of youth he created, and Rosenfeld for her dissatisfaction with Franny's breakdown in Franny & Zooey. Even the minor characters are significant, John McNally argues, both in Salinger's work and in our own lives. These intelligent and reflective essays will have readers eagerly reaching for their copies of Salinger's books. --Kristine Huntley

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fourteen writers reflect on the impact of J.D. Salinger's oeuvre on their lives and work in With Love and Squalor, edited by literary agent Kip Kotzen and Open City founding editor Thomas Beller (The Sleepover Artist). Walter Kirn recalls having Catcher in the Rye snatched from his hands and hurled across the college dining hall immediately after John Lennon's murder by Mark David Chapman; Chapman believed the book gave him permission for the killing. Emma Forrest describes her effort to become the kind of young person " `invented' in the fifties by the two J.D.s Salinger and James Dean" in order to deliver the goods to her newspaper editor. Lucinda Rosenfeld weighs Franny and Zooey's unimpressive rebellions against what she sees as the nearly perfect prose of their eponymous book. (Oct. 16) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This collection of short essays by 14 contemporary fiction writers joins the spate of books celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Catcher in the Rye. It stands out because most of the writers come from an intermediate generation not those who had to sneak around to read Salinger before his work made its way into the canon, nor those being routinely assigned it today. Also, the emphasis here stays mainly on the work rather than the recent revelations about the man though several contributors grapple with the separation between the author and his books, and urine drinking is mentioned more than once. The pieces are personal rather than adulatory and so provide good models for student work. Thus, Lucinda Rosenfeld is more critical of Franny now than she was in her "Salinger phase." Jane Mendelsohn remembers a smart, funny preppy but now sees Holden Caulfield's darker, death-obsessed side. Aleksandar Hemon thinks Salinger's greatest asset is "his respect for children and the interest in the world that he shares with them." With its reasonable price, this collection is recommended for public and academic libraries. Mary Paumier Jones, Westminster P.L., CO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.