Thursday, January 28, 2010

JD Salinger's Tabloid Baby connection

Was the Tabloid Baby the reincarnation of Holden Caulfield?

A reader reminds us that it is worth pointing out the connection between two great literary works that inspired two separate generations: the late JD Salinger's most lasting book, A Catcher In The Rye, and Tabloid Baby, the 1999 memoir that inspired this site.

The connection can be found in the jacket copy to the 1999 first edition of Tabloid Baby, in which the copywriter links Catcher's anti-hero protagonist, Holden Caulfield, and Tabloid's Baby's anti-hero protagonist and author as it describes the book:

"Hunter S. Thompson meets Holden Caulfield in the rip-roaring memoir of an American television kid who finally gets a chance to unleash his untapped creativity- becoming the most wicked and crazed tabloid TV man in the business..."

As we'd mentioned earlier, A Catcher In The Rye somehow entered the mind of an assassin who would put down the book, take out a gun, murder John Lennon and then go back to reading until police arrived. Tabloid Baby's author would produce the definitive documentary on the crime, Death of a Beatle. Tabloid Baby recounts how the author's life was shaped by Lennon's influence, and set on a new course by his murder.

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