Monday, October 28, 2013


The reclusive author is examined in this speculative, lurid documentary. Filmed over several years, Salinger features many interviews of past partners and associates, but besmirches the late author's legacy at the end, pitches the film-maker's book, and teases with the all-too-familiar promise of new works from the cranky, eccentric, less-than-prolifically-published writer. Oops, spoiler alert.

Being a cranky, eccentric recluse, I take offense at the stalking of Salinger by his fans and the media. Having said that, I also understand how savvy Salinger was in the understanding of his own image, the anti-marketing of his product, and his manipulation of the public that needed to know more about him. Secrets are interesting, and they sell.

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