While watching “Blue Jasmine” on Saturday, I saw a trailer for the upcoming JD Salinger documentary “Salinger” – and I cannot wait to see it! Here’s the trailer:
Salinger’s most famous work – ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is one of my favorite books of all time. The struggles that lead character Holden deals with aren’t all that different from mine…and probably yours too. As Holden bounces around in the book, going from place to place, being socially awkward and not fitting in anywhere, my heart breaks for him every time I read it…because I think I have more than my share of Holden within me. Until I had my daughter and settled in San Antonio six years ago, I had never had the same mailing address for more than two years since I moved away from home at the age of 15. That is rather insane, now that I think about it, but…that was me: 18 years of moving moving moving – at the time, I told myself that I was a rolling stone that was gathering no moss, I was slurping at the straw of life, making sure that I soaked up every drop of experience…but, in reality, I was just running away. I was on a mission to put as much distance between myself and the me that I was growing up – physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m not entirely sure how successful I’ve been. Oh well…. 😉
I have always had a chronic fear of being left, and perhaps it is a self-fulfilling prophecy, as I am a person that others seem to find terribly easy to leave behind. Therefore, when I really want to be with someone or something, I act like Holden did at times in the book – the classic Stage 5 clinger…and it’s bloody revolting. I’m better than that – but yet, I’m not. I have been known to beg people for their time and attention. Beg. Seriously, how disgusting is that??! I’m ashamed and embarrassed of myself. The saddest part is that it’s happened way more than just once. 😦 As Holden grappled with his emotions in the book (especially in regards to his family and the death of his sibling), he felt sad because he didn’t seem able to find anyone that he could turn to, who would have his back no matter what. Don’t you get that way from time to time? I do – there are times when I feel sad because I fear that some of the people around me don’t give a shit, or care about making me a priority. I marvel at the busy schedule and life that I have – yet, I always have time for those that matter to me…but so often they struggle to “find time” for me. I find the notion of ‘finding time’ pretty gross, actually – if you care for someone, you have time. Always. One way or another. People need to work more on making those around them feel like they matter, and less on ‘finding time’. Don’t you agree?
Anyway – back to the “Salinger” documentary! (sorry about the sidebar/rant there, friends) The documentary by Shane Salerno brings us one of the most complete, thorough looks at the elusive (and reclusive) J.D. Salinger. There will be interviews, footage, photographs, all designed to illuminate the man behind the eccentric myth. A number of celebs (Edward Norton, John Cusack, Danny DeVito, Martin Sheen and a bunch of others) are shown speaking, offering their opinions on the man, the work, and the cultural impact that “The Catcher in the Rye” – and its enigmatic author – have had on the world since its publication.
The documentary is slated to be released on September 6, 2013 – the trailer presents a mystery surrounding the reasons that Mr. Salinger ceased publishing in 1965, at the top of his game, and the height of his fame. The people behind the movie are going to extraordinary lengths to keep the contents of the film pretty much a secret from viewers prior to the opening, thus heightening the interest and the mystery surrounding the story. The literature nerd in me LOOOOOOVES something like this, as with so many movies these days, we know all of the great scenes before we walk into the theatre, so having the opportunity to build suspense – especially about the life of a reclusive writer, something that most may perceive as being dry – is pretty damn awesome. 🙂
I hope you’ll give “Salinger” a look – I’m fairly sure you won’t be disappointed! 🙂 See you at the movies! 🙂