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The Real Holden Caulfield: Family Guy

 “Holden Caulfield is the man who calls Peter Griffin a ‘phony’ in The Kiss Seen Around the World, for pretending to play a self-playing keyboard. He later levels the charge at Neil Goldman for admitting to Meg he wasn’t going to jump.”

Family Guy Wiki
2011

This is Family Guy’s best literary cameo since Spider Man, even though it raises the issue of this.

But what about the real Holden Caulfield?

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Who Could Play the Real Holden Caulfield?

“A Sensitive, Intelligent, Talented Young Actor in  Reversible Coat wouldn’t be nearly enough. It would take someone with X to bring it off, and no very young man even if he has X knows quite what to do with it.”

J.D. Salinger
1957

Gothamist posts about the supposed and aspiring on-screen Holden Caulfields over the years. Salinger was approached by people from Jerry Lewis to Stephen Spielberg to adapt the movie, and consistently refused, sticking to his 1957 guns.

In that same letter, Salinger implied that an adaptation to the screen might someday be made. Who do you think could play Holden?

UPDATE: In related news, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire will be playing Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway in Baz Luhrmann’s remake of “The Great Gatsby” due out next year…in 3D.

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Digression!

The year 2011 marks not only the 60th anniversary of “The Catcher in the Rye,” but also the 50th anniversary of Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” and the 40th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar.”

There has been some great coverage of all three books’ milestones so far. Emily Gould writes about Plath’s novel at middle age over at Poetry Foundation, and Vanity Fair has a Tracy Daugherty piece on the birth of “Catch-22,” an excerpt from her recently published Heller biography. And while you can still get your copy of “The Real Holden Caulfield,” you can also head over to the Daily Beast Books section where Ned Vizzini, author of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” wonders about Holden’s continuing relevance in an increasingly diverse society.

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New Excerpt: The Real Holden Caulfield

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WE’RE NOW UP AT BERFROIS.COM with “Getting Holden into Print,” about the struggles of publishing, censoring and translating “The Catcher in the Rye.”

It’s the final piece that will be excerpted from the e-book “The Real Holden Caulfield.” You can read the whole thing for just just $1.99 through PayPal.

And it’s for a good cause — in tribute to Seymour Glass, Sergeant X, Babe Gladwaller and Salinger himself, who was hospitalized for “Battle Fatigue” — or PTSD — after World War II, half of the proceeds from sales of “The Real Holden Caulfield will be donated to The Wounded Warrior Project.

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Who is the Real Holden Caulfield?

And what does he have to do with The Hunger Games?

IN A PREVIOUS ERA, a popular young adult character was assured that “Life is a game,” to which he replied: “Game, my ass.  Some game.  If you get on the side where all the hot-shots are, then it’s a game, all right – I’ll admit that.  But if you get on the other side, where there aren’t any hot-shots, then what’s a game about it?  Nothing.  No game.”  Given the chance, Katniss Everdeen, the sixteen year-old heroine of  The Hunger Games, might have identified with Holden Caulfield’s thinking, though in a considerably more literal way.

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Then get “The Real Holden Caulfield,” a short e-book published by Fiction Advocate.

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