New ways to spin Salinger’s legacy

I just read an interesting article in the New York Times of a somewhat successful (though perhaps not quite as much as the article is attempting to let on) actor and film director named Danny Strong who is set to put a film spin on the life of the late author J.D. Salinger.

You may know Salinger best as the writer of the famed Catcher in the Rhye and thereby the creator of the perhaps legendary Holden Caulfield. There was never a well read young brat that at one time or another didn’t compare his character and life situation to that Caulfield, and conversely never one who was accurate in such self flattery.

But not much is known to most people, even devoted readers of his work, about what Salinger’s own life was really like. This film will serve to revive some interest in the author in addition to the authored.

And while it’s a bit unfortunate to me that contemporary readers only became interested in Salinger’s work after his death in 2010, it’s best to sometimes employ the old maxim “better late than never.”

 

My first Gofundme Campaign – Help Trip Buy a laptop

https://www.gofundme.com/2a7jsb8

Please, my great readers, I ask for some support. My GoFundMe should sooon yield the kind of money  I need,, or money YOU need. You see better technology means I will be uploading better content, and better cameras involved.

i must make this clear: I’m not saying “You must give”, but at the very least, I ask my readers to share on your sites and your facebook. Thanks!

 

Shoutout: 6 May 2016 – MakeItUltra

I decided to give today’s shoutout to him, in part because his photo was the only black and white picture among the pics I saw, but especially because he happens to be a PhD candidate in Psychology. That definitely commands some respect. Now, I have not read much of his material on his blog yet, I will admit, but to the author, if you’re reading this, I intend to read your material extensively in the next few days!

http://www.makeitultrapsychology.com/


As always, guys, comment or share this if you would like to be considered for tomorrow’s shoutout. Especially if it results in gaining new followers. Have a great day everyone!

Shout out to The Itinerary blog: for his post on Manitoba, Canada

I really enjoyed this post, it’s brief, but informative and has a good amount of photos. And the bison burger was an interesting touch. You get my daily shout out, great work!

Frozen lake and a bison buger

^Please visit his article.


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Better Call Saul: Mike takes some poor sap’s gun

The perpetual badass of the Breaking Bad world Mike Ehrmantraut strategically disarms a colleague on a protection run so that he can be the sole guy for the job and thus, take more money from the guy paying.

I thought this scene was incredibly well orchestrated. I had to watch it several times. For those who are familiar with either of these shows, you know that Mike had an extremely keen and sharp mind, always able to mitigate danger and navigate through just about any situation.

Almost an unrealistic character, yet more about his humanity is revealed in Better Call Saul than what was ever covered in Breaking Bad.

Steven Ogg’s reaction was particularly priceless. I have a feeling he has a good acting career ahead of him.

Analysis of Good Will Hunting: Part III – “Duck Pond Scene”

For our third installment on Good Will Hunting, I’d like to bring your attention to another well known part of the film, commonly called the “Duck Pond Scene”. It’s a short rebuttal to the somewhat douche-y behavior exhibited by Will in their previous meeting, in Sean’s office. Will seems hell bent on angering Sean to the point of violent reaction. It may have been analogous to a simmering pot, rather than a firecracker, but Will was sure to succeed in getting the water to boil over. First, he insults Sean’s amateurish (but aesthetically pleasing nonetheless) painting, describing it among other things, “a Winslow Homer rip-off”. Second, he alleges that he “married the wrong woman” (he didn’t know at the time that his beloved wife had died from cancer some years earlier). This ended with Sean physically attacking Will, followed by Will storming out of the office.

A much more collected Sean, a few days later explains he’s well aware that as far as art goes, Will could probably discuss in great depth, any of the greats, including Michaelangelo. But he also knows he has never experienced his most famed work for himself first hand. He could give him his two cents on love and war, but has never personally experienced their inimitable pain. He follows that given Will would likely not appreciate having his life summed up in a comparison with Oliver Twist (“Please, sir, can I have some more?”), it would not be unreasonable to ask that Will not attempt to simplify Sean’s life with one sophomoric (but again, aesthetically pleasing, I had to mention that twice) painting. Sean finishes that nonetheless, he knows Will is just too young and inexperienced to know better but that his potential is nonetheless unlimited. He tells him “I’m in”; he would love to know everything about who this kid really is, the life version, not the book version.

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I think this scene is one great ode to the fact that crystallized knowledge, even the mental library which aggregates within the depths of Will’s cerebrum, is not synonymous with wisdom. Will here is a 20 year old who knows more about the world than your typical 60 year old in the academic sense, yet he’s never been out of Boston! In other words, he’s got access to the world’s achievements in his head without the worldliness to supplement.

“Youth is wasted on the young” they say, and I find it important to note that Will’s behaviour reflects that of a very very young man. A boy genius, mind you, but a whipper-snapper nonetheless. For example, he states that his arrest was unlawful because he was practicing his rights….by punching a cop. Only someone with that unmistakably naive, fresh outlook on life could even think of using something so asinine as a criminal defense. Ahh, but there is something to be said about the beauty of it; it overflows delightfully with the kind of glee unique only those who haven’t lived long enough to extrapolate life as so unforgiving. Yes folks, youth really is wasted on the young.

All things considered, what we really have here is Will acting just as Clark did in the last scene we analyzed. Will may may be a couple orders of magnitude more remarkable than Clark, but he’s no more immune to occasionally acting just as pompous and, frankly, just as ill informed on the game of life (as any new comer is doomed to be anyway) as Clark is intellectually lazy.

The “TL;DR” version of this is that no matter how book smart you are, you will eventually make a fool of yourself if you go without the worldly supplementation of real life. And part of such wisdom lies in knowing that you not only will make a fool of yourself at some point, you simply must.