Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Catcher in the Noslagie de la Boue

You only find tarts who pick up their skirts for a few bucks in Catcher In the Rye. And by the way the elevator man in Holden's hotel, responsible for his guests assignations, is really an old-fashioned "starter" since he gets things going, not only in the elevator bank but also bedrooms. Today with the kind of money Holden had in his pocket, he'd probably hole up in a Courtyard Marriott where automation makes for a far less colorful story. Ostensibly with internet porn most boarding school kids are more advanced than Salinger's famed alter ego. Still, the fact is, the great amount of information they possess is vicarious. They 're more precocious in data than reality. A John alone in a hotel room with the kind of sassy streetwalker an author might have described in 1951 is a thing of the past.

read the review of The Kafka Studies Department by Francis Levy in Booklife (PW)

and listen to "You'll Never Walk Alone" by Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells.

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