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Hollywood and Fine with Marshall Fine Journalist, Movie Critic, Author, Movie Reviews, Interviews » Blog Archive » ‘Salinger’: Mind unblown

Hollywood and Fine with Marshall Fine Journalist, Movie Critic, Author, Movie Reviews, Interviews » Blog Archive » ‘Salinger’: Mind unblown | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
Marshall Fine is a journalist, critic and author who has served as nationally syndicated film and TV critic and entertainment writer for Gannett News Service and as film and TV critic for Star magazine.
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A pretty harsh (p)review of the Salinger movie about to be released.

 

If true, disappointing. If just another movie critic cashing in on Salinger (assuming he was paid for this article) who is to say. 

 

It's one of those kinds of films that unless there is a tsunami of critics trashing the film, I'll be seeing the film, surely learning bits of pieces of info I've not personally discovered before, and coming to my own conclusions.

 

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Secrets Of The New Salinger Documentary

Secrets Of The New Salinger Documentary | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
NEW YORK — For much of the nine years that Shane Salerno worked on his J.D. Salinger documentary and book, the project was a mystery worthy of the author himself. Code names.
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How can an article about such a secretive person as J D Salinger be just as mysterious as the man, and yet be so interesting?

 

What a fascinating behind the scenes tease for the release of Salinger scheduled for September 6th.

 

With the film's production secrecy rivaling the man's secrecy, I'm sure hoping for a great behind the curtain look at the man with whom I share a first name!

 

Here's to high hopes for getting to know Jerome David Salinger a bit better.

 

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Film on J. D. Salinger Claims More Books Coming

Film on J. D. Salinger Claims More Books Coming | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
A documentary and book on the reclusive author say that he instructed his estate to publish at least five more books beginning as soon as 2015.
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WoW! It may be true afterall!

 

Apparently there is significant evidence in the upcoming Salinger movie and accompanying book that Salinger did indeed continue to write during his long self-imposed personal exile.

 

This article gives a pretty good listing of several works that are scheduled for publication.

 

Could rock literary history.

 

 What a great semester it would be to be teaching Catcher in the Rye!

 

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WATCH: Salinger Documentary Trailer Leaves Questions Unanswered

WATCH: Salinger Documentary Trailer Leaves Questions Unanswered | Google Lit Trips: Reading About Reading | Scoop.it
The first trailer for the forthcoming documentary movie "Salinger," about the life of the famous recluse author, has appeared on Yahoo! Movies, and it looks intriguing.
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Jerome is a lonely name. As a kid I never knew another Jerome. In my 38 year teaching career, I only had one student named Jerome. I never really liked the name and am still not at all fond of it. I just respond ala Pavlov's dogs when I hear it because that's what you do when you hear your name.

 

So for about the last 10 years of my teaching career, just above my black then green then white board, I framed and hung a collection of famous Jeromes. At least I wasn't alone.

 

St. Jerome

Jerome K Jerome

Jerome Seinfeld

Jerome Garcia

Geronimo (yes that one)

Hieronymus Bosch (yep)

Jerome Bettis

Jerome Kern

and Jerome David Salinger


Most went by Jerry, I wasn't fond of that name either.

Salinger went by JD.


It's as if among the few, even fewer actually used the name.


Oh well, there are people with worse problems in the world aren't there?


When I taught Catcher in the Rye, I'd begin by assigning the first chapter as homework and asked my students to come to class the next day with a list of as many adjectives as they could that they'd use to describe their first impressions of Holden. 


"How many adjectives do you want?" asked a beaming "A" student, eager to please.


"I don't know the answer to that question. How can I know how many adjectives you'd use?" And then casually, I'd throw in, "But, I can't imagine that anyone would come up with fewer than, oh, I don't know, maybe ten or so." hoping they'd take the bait; which they pretty much always did.


They'd come in the next day and pretty much half the class would have a list of exactly 10 adjectives. Friends often had "very similar lists" having helped each other stretch their lists to ten. And then there were always a few of the "look-at-me-I'm-an-'A'-student" types who'd show up with at least 20 adjectives; half of whom had reached the magic "twice as many as you wanted" number via words they had had no previous knowledge of until they ran their short lists past Roget. I always was amused by the kid who would take on a well-practiced casualness, suggesting that he or she had found "Holden to be rather vexatious." 


You know words like... ""galling,'" "nettlesome," "irksome" or my all time favorite, "pestilential;" words they'd never used; never even heard. But, their lists were impressively long.


Anyway, first thing the next day, I'd ask them to take out their lists and to take a moment to put a "+" next to every adjective that was basically a positive characteristic and a "-" next to those that described what they would consider a negative characteristic. 


When everyone had finished I asked them to turn their paper over and make a simple drawing of one of those old-fashioned balance scales where they'd put all of their negative words on one side and all of their positive words on the other side. I explained that I wanted them to show the scale tipping downward on the side that had the most adjectives and to show the scale tipping just a little if they had only a small difference in the number of words on each side and tipping a lot if they had significantly more words on one side than on the other.


Then we'd discuss some of the adjectives, which in a sense are nothing more than abbreviated topic sentences.

Holden in annoying!

Holden is funny!

Holden is rude!

Holden is crazy!

Holden is depressed!

Holden is cool!


"So," I'd casually ask, "do you like Holden?"


Interestingly, adjective like "rude" would be the reason why some students disliked Holden and also the reason why other students liked Holden.


As we continued to read the book, perhaps at a rate of 2-3 chapters a night, I purposely began each class discussion with the same question, "So, in last night's reading, was there anything that either supported your original opinion about Holden or that kind of changed your original opinion even just a little bit?"


I was pretty careful not to show any favoritism towards one side or the other. I simply pointed out that, "Yeah, I can see why people would feel that way about Holden." 


There were few moderate opinions about Holden at first. And, the majority of students leaned heavily towards the negative. But, along about the time Holden drops a tear on the red square of the checker board, even some of the most "annoyed by Holden" kids would think there was something sort of sweet about the guy.


And, of course, it was never long after doing or saying something nice enough to shake negative opinions just a bit, Holden would do or say something else that provided fuel for irritation again.


He's just a tough guy to pigeonhole. And, as we progressed through the story he became more and more difficult to pigeonhole. His sister, the baseball glove, his naive wish to be a catcher in the rye all tempered opinions, whether they "won" the tug-of-war of opinions or not.


We'd have some interesting discussions and I could just see the kids really thinking about Holden's complex nature.


So we'd eventually get to the end of the story. And I'd offer three optional thesis statements for a final essay.


1. Although Holden can be annoying, he still deserves some compassion.

2. Although Holden deserves some compassion, he still can be really annoying.

3. Starting with one of the previous thesis statements, change as many words as you like to whatever words you'd like and write that essay.


And, I would assure them that it was absolutely possible to get an "A" on their essay regardless of which of the three topics they chose to write about.


Not infrequently, a student or two would ask if he or she could change the word "Holden." 


"Sure."


"Can I write about this kid that everybody hated in my 8th grade class?"


"Well, I guess that would be a Number 3, wouldn't it?" I'd reply.


Regardless of whether students chose Assignment 1, 2, or 3, that was some of the most gratifying essay reading I ever received.


But I digress! (see Chapter 24 for a defense of digression)


This scoop is about the Salinger movie. Given Salinger's avoidance of all things Hollywood, I'm intrigued to say the least.


I'll be in the theatre on the day of release for this one.


By they way, is there anybody out there who found it ironic that Baz Lurhman used the "narrator as psychiatric patient" motif to tell the story of the recently released movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby?


I'm Just sayin'



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