Explore – Dream – Discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain

Sailing

Twin sail boats sailing along the Esplanade bay.

Shine On

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 He authorized a timetable, to start between 2015 and 2020, for the release of several unpublished works including instructions for movie rights to, The Catcher in the Rye.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

Read Around the World

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.” 
Maya Angelou

Harper Lee

This year began with reading one of the books on my 100 books to read before you die list. It was an extremely difficult book to get through, but I am proud to say I finished it. The book was, “The Last of the Mohicans” by James Fenimore Cooper.

Whenever I read a book, I always Google the author and read about their life. James Fenimore Cooper, I learned, had a much privileged life. Both he and his wife were authors and came from wealthy backgrounds.

The second book I read the first week of January was, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, written by Harper Lee. I’d seen the movie several times, but had never took the time to read the book. Of course, I Googled Harper Lee and was surprised to learn she is still alive, and that it was the only book she ever wrote and published.

As a “wannabe” writer, I was stunned that such an accomplished writer, with numerous awards and honors never wrote another novel. She did write a few articles in the 1960’s and one recent letter to Oprah Winfrey in 2006, but that was all she wrote.

I believe the success of Harper Lee’s novel was due mostly because she wrote such realistic and compelling dialogue. Also, the storyline was relevant to what was happening in the United States history during the 1960’s, when the book was published.

Harper Lee may be a “one hit wonder”, with her book “To Kill a Mockingbird”, but that one hit was read around the world.

Shine On