Friday, July 18, 2014

Holden Caufield's 78th Birthday

The Catcher in the Rye was published 63 years ago today.  I was forced to read it in college and, worse, forced to teach it in the days when I was too new an educator to set the departmental curriculum.  My teenage students were either puzzled by its popularity among critics and [some] teachers or outright hostile towards it.  The latter group viewed it as phony sentiment with an annoying protagonist.

The older I get, the more I agree with the latter group.  Maybe I'll read it again just to be fair.