The crumbum’s rush

Severian on The Catcher in the Rye:

Since it’s one of those books certain people can’t help bringing up, it’s great for helping me avoid human toothaches. If you liked Catcher, I hate you. If you consider yourself “the Holden Caulfield of ____,” I want to strangle you with your school tie. I thought Holden Caulfield was a pretentious little shit who needed nothing more in this world than a good beating, back when I myself was a pretentious little shit in desperate need of a good beating. Luckily, I got mine; the folks who like Catcher never did.

For all you Catcher-haters, I recommend the antidote: Frank Portman’s King Dork, in which you’ll be pleased to see that teenage protagonist Tom Henderson (also known as King Dork, Hender-fag, Chi-mo and Sheepie) is filled with loathing at the very thought of Catcher.

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2 comments »

  1. Severian »

    7 February 2016 · 2:37 pm

    If I’m ever in a position to read another novel (which, on current time-usage projections, will be around 2024), I’m definitely going to check King Dork out.

  2. fillyjonk »

    7 February 2016 · 3:22 pm

    I liked it at 16. Re-read it in my 20s, found Holden insufferable.

    I suspect the people past prep-school-age who still idolize Holden probably haven’t grown much. (Phonies are everywhere; you just learn to deal with them.)

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