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With Love and Squalor

With Love and Squalor

(2001)
14 Writers Respond to the Work of J.D. Salinger
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J.D. Salinger hasn't published a word of fiction since 1965, and his silence casts a shadow over With Love and Squalor, a collection featuring 14 contemporary writers riffing on the works of the famously reclusive author. Unlike several less-than-flattering accounts of Salinger's life published in recent years, this book is more about the writing than the writer. John McNally spends some time with The Catcher in the Rye's memorable minor characters in "The Boy That Had Created the Disturbance," while in "An Unexamined Life," Benjamin Anastas is inspired to reread Salinger after being branded as Salingeresque in the jacket blurbs of his own first novel. In "The Salinger Weather," coeditor Thomas Beller confronts a Salinger-reading stranger on the subway and experiences a "random city bonding moment." A real standout, though, is Aimee Bender's "Holden Schmolden." She wonderfully captures that moment of first discovering Catcher:
Reading it made me realize that even though he had been discovered ad nauseam by the world, one of the magical feelings about reading J.D. Salinger was that you, yourself, felt like you were discovering this writer for the first time and had made him yours in the discovery. Salinger invites possessiveness, in the best way.
Salinger fans should appreciate this uneven tribute album, even though there are a few tracks worth skipping. --Brad Thomas Parsons

 
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Paperback Editions

October 2001 : USA Paperback
Title: With Love and Squalor: 13 Writers Respond to the Work of J.D. Salinger
Author(s): Kip Kotzen, Thomas Beller
ISBN: 0-7679-0799-X / 978-0-7679-0799-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2002 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: With Love and Squalor: 13 Writers Responds to the Work of J.D. Salinger
Author(s): Kip Kotzen, Thomas Beller
Publisher: Broadway Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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