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Reading Letters to J.D. Salinger

1689600-R3-040-18A.jpgThe great author J.D. Salinger passed away yesterday, leaving behind a powerful literary legacy. Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Chris Kubica, co-editor of Letters to J.D. Salinger and curator of jdsalinger.com.

Here’s more about the book, a tribute to the author of The Catcher in the Rye and Nine Stories. “[It] commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Catcher in the Rye and celebrates the formative influence the book and Salinger’s other works have had on many writers, scholars and readers. Letters to Salinger contains approximately 80 open letters to J. D. Salinger.

Press play on the embedded player below to listen. The episode will be archived around the network all day.

Here’s an excerpt: “For the most part it seems like people who are writing stories about Salinger aren’t looking any farther than the things they can find online. In fact, the majority of the material written about Salinger–from literary critical perspective, the interviews, reviews–are all pre-Internet. You’d have to go to an archive and read the old magazines. It’s clear to me that people aren’t really doing that. They are just getting the soundbytes and pulling things off saying, ‘Here’s a link to this, here’s a link to that.’”

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