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Ryan Gosling As J.D. Salinger In Upcoming Biopic? OMG Yes Please!

Ryan Gosling As J.D. Salinger In Upcoming Biopic? OMG Yes Please!

He’s already the subject of  Shane Salerno’s recent documentary, “Salinger,” and now famously reclusive writer J.D. Salinger will be brought to life in a biopic, also written by Salerno. The producers of the film said the biopic will focus on the author’s life between his World War II service and the publication of The Catcher in the Rye in 1951 and will examine “the effects war can have on an artist.”

So who might star? Well, one name being batted around is Ryan Gosling, who I happen to think would be perfect for the role. I know. You are so surprised. My favorite actor playing my favorite writer? Life dream status. (Plus, there’s a sort of resemblance, no?) Salinger’s personal history was certainly complex and at times quite problematic, particularly in his relationship with women. Talk about a meaty role for a young actor to play. Ryan, darling, I know you’re taking a bit of a break from acting, but perhaps you could make an exception for this? For me? [Telegraph UK]

A New Book Claims J.D. Salinger’s Missing Ball Was His Driving Force

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According to the book Salinger and accompanying documentary opening this Friday, the reclusive author’s driving, creative force were his balls, or lack thereof. A New York Times review of the book by David Shields and Shane Salerno reveals the theory that Salinger’s alleged missing nut was his secret shame and cause for isolation:

“The authors contend that Salinger ‘was born with only one testicle’ and they argue that this caused him enormous embarrassment — that it was ‘surely one of the many reasons he stayed out of the media glare’ so as ‘to reduce the likelihood that this information would emerge,’ and that it amplified his psychological need ‘to create flawless art.’ This assertion, however, is based on anonymous sources: two unnamed women who the authors say ‘independently confirmed’ hearsay that Salinger suffered from this anomaly.”

While it’s interesting to attribute Salinger’s need to create flawless art alone in the woods of New Hampshire to his missing ball, it seems like a bit of a stretch. Not to be insensitive about any shame this might have caused him. But a lot of writers suffer from the very same affliction, missing nut or not.  [The Atlantic Wire]

The Inspiration Board: The Catcher In The Rye

One of our favorite things about reading The Catcher in the Rye was falling into a world of old-school aesthetics that J.D. Salinger evoked through his descriptions and characters. Yet, we’re finding that Holden Caulfield’s distinctive tone and style is still showing up in our wardrobes today. Some fashionable suggestions after the jump. Keep reading »

J.D. Salinger Has Died

Sad face. Earlier today, author J.D. Salinger passed away at age 91. Ever since he published A Catcher in the Rye in 1951, Salinger has been every successive generation’s teenage hero for his spot-on description of 16-year-old disaffection. He gained further acclaim for books like Franny and Zooey (1961) and Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters (1963). But in 1965, he stopped publishing altogether. He’d already moved from New York City to rural New Hampshire, and he became a notorious shut-in—refusing nearly every interview ever requested and never making public appearances. “There’s a marvelous peace in not publishing,” he said in one of very few interviews he did do. “Publishing is a terrible invasion of privacy … I love to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure.” [EW]
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