The Catcher in the Rye is one of those books nearly every high-schooler reads, and half of them go on to say that it's their favorite book--at least for a little while. In 1951, anti-hero Holden Caulfield became the voice of teenage disaffection and angst, and is arguably one of the most compelling characters in 20th century literature.
Catcher's author, J.D. Salinger, is no less compelling. A veteran of WWII, he published a handful of influential books, then shied away from the attentions of the media and an adoring public.
The character and mystery of Salinger is the subject of Salinger, a film by Shane Salerno, presented by The Cabin Literary Center and The Flicks Monday, Sept. 9, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $9 for the public or $6.50 for Cabin members.
Salinger delves into the author's backstory: his military experience, relationships, books and seclusion. It also touches on his impact on the public and other writers. With testimony and exposition by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton and Judd Apatow, it marks the profound influence of the writer, but also seeks an answer to the question of what he did with his life after going into seclusion in Cornish, N.H., in the 1950s.
For those anxious for a slice of the enduring mystery of Salinger, Boise State University English Professor Ralph Clare will deliver a short talk on the author and his work in conjunction with the screening.