RETRO: My Lives with Salinger

RETRO: My Lives with Salinger

Everything Holden says about missing and loving his dead brother Allie, and his kid sister Phoebe, stirs me up. His distress about school, parents, girls, sex, adults, and “phonies” registers with me. Pernnially.

Alcohol & One Writer’s Boyhood

By M. J. Moore          In his short story “Just Like the Girl” (with its sardonic epigram being a line from an old 1890s ditty: “I want a girl, just like the girl that married dear old dad . . .”), author James Jones dramatized a deeply upsetting series of...


Mario Puzo died twenty years ago this summer.  As a novelist, he remains fixed in the public’s mind for one paramount reason: The Godfather. Michael Corleone’s tormented transformation.  Sonny’s temper.  Fredo’s fecklessness.  The horse’s head scene and the demise of Moe Greene amid a ferociously capitalist America in the 1940s...

RETRO: Middle School Awakenings ~~ August 1971

It’s before midnight and business is slow at the New Corsica Restaurant, so Kev’s off work early and he’s surprised we’re all up and sitting there, gathered around the tube. He works really hard as a busboy on weekend nights. I’m glad he’s home early....

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