The Catcher in the Rye

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection,
and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”
J. D. Salinger

J D Salinger

J. D. Salinger author of the classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye

Recently I read the classic novel, The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger.

It was a great book, and I was surprised to learn that Mr. Salinger, like his character in the book, Holden Caulfield, was an extremely private person. He too like Caulfield was not a fan of movies or Hollywood. In fact, during success of the novel, Salinger received (and rejected) numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen, including one personally from Samuel Goldwyn.

Salinger was so adamant about this, he left specific instructions in his will. He authorized a timetable, to start between 2015 and 2020, for the release of several unpublished works including instructions for movie rights to, The Catcher in the Rye.

With the recent news announcement about, Harper Lee’s book release, I wonder how long it will take for Lucas, Scorsese, Spielberg, Tarantino or Weinstein to jump at the chance to produce this great novel.

Whoever does succeed in acquiring the rights to this classic book, I sure hope they do right by J. D. Salinger and this captivating story The Cather in the Rye.

Shine On

Impossible to Put These Books Down

“Books can be dangerous.
The best ones should be labeled,
‘This could change your life’.”
Helen Exley

Joshua Son of None

Joshua Son of None a novel by Nancy Freedman

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve accepted the 2015 “Good Reads” challenge. I pledged to read two books per week this year. That’s double the amount of books I read last year. I love reading, so this will be an enjoyable challenge.

Over the years, there have been a handful of books that I read that I saw as a movie as I read the book. The first book was a novel by Nancy Freedman, “Joshua Son of None”. This book had such an impact on me. I couldn’t get it out of my head. So much so, that a few years after reading this book in the 1970s, I contacted Ms Freedman. I contacted her because I was interested in optioning this book to make it into a film. I was fortunate to sit down with her for several hours and discuss the possibility of an option. She was very warm and interested in my proposition. Unfortunately she passed away a few years back. A deal was never made and a movie was never made. I still hope to see this political thriller in theaters some day.

Another book I read back in the 1970s was the book by Peter Benchley named, “Jaws”. I’m an extremely visual person, so this novel had me on the edge of my seat with the movie that I could see unfolding from this book. Several friends as well as family mocked me for reading a book about a shark. Later, when the movie came out, they remembered I had read the novel and wanted to borrow my “Jaws” book.

The other book I read that people mocked me about was written by one of my favorite authors, Michael Crichton. The book was “Jurassic Park”. This book really scared the dickens out of me with his detail writing, which Crichton was famous. My friends and family stopped mocking me after this summer hit broke all box office records.

These three books stand out in my mind the most when I think of all the books I’ve read in my life. These books also are responsible for my interest in writing. Each of these authors wrote with such compelling dialogue and visually mesmerizing action, that it was impossible to put these books down.

Shine On