We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.
Literary creation Holden Caulfield, the young protagonist of JD Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, is set to return to the page in an unofficial sequel blocked from release in the US and Canada. They may have a bad rep but unofficial sequels aren't necessarily a bad thing, writes David Barnett.
Author J. D. Salinger has won his court case to ban the US publication of a book by a Swedish author that is being touted as an "unauthorised sequel" to The Catcher in the Rye.
Though he is frail and deaf, JD Salinger is trying to halt an alleged sequel to Catcher in the Rye. The Smoking Gun has the Affidavit. Apparently Salinger has even refused a Spielberg film of the novel.
The dogmatic insistence that The Catcher in the Rye is a masterpiece beyond change, adulteration or imitation is naïve at best, disingenuous at worst, writes Binoy Kampmark.