January 28, 2010 at 14:38 (Literature, Rest In Peace)
J.D. Salinger, whose novel “The Catcher in the Rye” inspired and influenced the world died at the age of 91.
According to his son, he died of natural causes Wednesday in Cornish, N.H at home where he had lived alone and isolated,
“The Catcher in the Rye”, which has sold 60 million copies worldwide was written by Salinger as a response to the ”phonies” who Salinger says ”made me so depressed I went crazy”.
It is said that the novel represented ”an unfair struggle between the goodness of young people and the corruption of elders, a message that only intensified with the oncoming generation gap”, which many teens and adults identified with. Unfortunately, the novel had also provided inspiration to Mark David Chapman, the man who murdered John Lennon and then said that ”[Salinger’s] book holds many answers”. Despite this, the book has endured and is still used in schools, also used as a point of discussion on websites, blogs and discussions.
J.D Salinger during this time refused fame finally saying that ”sanity could only come through seclusion”. The main character of Catcher, Holden Caulfied has often been said to draw parallels to Salinger as Holden’s thinking seemed to imitate Salinger’s and provided reasoning for the author’s seclusion. “I thought what I’d do was, I’d pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes, that way I wouldn’t have to have any … stupid useless conversations with anybody. If anybody wanted to tell me something, they’d have to write it on a piece of paper and shove it over to me. I’d build me a little cabin somewhere with the dough I made.”
An author famous for his self-alienation.
Rest in peace
January 12, 2010 at 20:22 (Inspiration, Literature, Rest In Peace, Tragic Times)
Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who sheltered, fed and hid the Frank family in the Second World War and saved Anne Frank’s diary has died at the age of 100. The Anne Frank House museum stated that Gies died sustaining a neck injury during a fall at her home before Christmas.
Anne Frank’s cousin, Bernd (Buddy) Elias said that, ”During the two years she hid Jews from Nazis, she put herself in danger. If they had caught her, she would have been put in a concentration camp herself.” Instead as history indicates, German secret police found Frank and her family hidden in the secret annex and took them to concentration camps where Anne suffered from typhus and died at the age of 15, a mere two weeks before the camp liberated.
This left Gies with Anne’s diary and papers, which she had kept locked in a drawer and never read as she said it would have ”incriminated other helpers”. She gave the papers to the only Frank family member who survived the camps, Anne’s father, Otto, who published the diaries in 1947.
Gies was commended and honoured for her courage by an Israeli Holocaust museum, the German government and the Dutch monarchy though she said that she didn’t deserve as much applause as others did who did ”far more dangerous work”.
The Diary of Anne Frank is now translated into 70 different languages and has allowed millions into the world of the girl secretly hidden in the annex evading Nazi capture.
If it hadn’t been for Miep Gies bravery, no one might have ever known.
Rest in peace
November 23, 2009 at 03:23 (Literature, TV News, Twilight)
Tags: Anna Paquin, Charlaine Harris, Southern Vampire Mystery books, True Blood
With the release of New Moon follows more for those vampire obsessed! This time, for the fans of True Blood! It seems that Charlaine Harris, author of the Southern Vampire Mystery books will be releasing books 8 and 9 in France in their translated version. And for us? We have just to wait until May 2010 for Book 10.
2 Seasons down …8 to go? If True Blood continues with its fabulous rating, this very well could become a reality/
The book release comes out around the same time as the premiere of Season 3 of True Blood.
Smart Marketing! If we had a book, we would syndicate our release too with our show!
Whether for the book or the show, we’re exciteddd. We just hope Season 3 will hold more of a storyline. There’s only so much soft porn one can take.
November 18, 2009 at 06:52 (Filmy Fun, Literature)
Tags: Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and the City
Even though Sex and the City 2 is set to release in theaters May 28, 2010, Sex and the City fans won’t be waiting so long for something about the ‘Sex’-related. Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell is deciding to publish a new book called The Carrie Diaries that takes place during Carrie Bradshaw’s high school days.
It will talk about Carrie’s first love, relationship with her mother and how she became a writer.
It will release April 27, 2010. We hope one is written for all the girls!!