Catcher in the Rye

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Young Adulteration

In the late 1980s, when I was nine or 10, my mom bought me my own copy of A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need To Know .
Kid lit, cultural literacy, and the rise of books that are fun to read
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  September 23, 2011
Ben and Matt

Fun with Matt & Ben at Central Square

A couple of young women, Brenda Withers and Mindy Kaling (the latter born in Cambridge before graduating to the role of Kelly Kapoor in The Office ), decided to have some fun with the idea that two seemingly unformed guys — one kind of loutish — could s
Bosom buddies
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 15, 2011

Salinger’s eternal cone of silence

With the death of J.D. Salinger, nearly every obituary featured some quote or reference to his American masterpiece, The Catcher In the Rye , and rightly so. If you don't know the name Holden Caulfield, you don't know ding about literature.
The death of a genius; rocking for Nicole; the General Assembly goes transparent
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  February 05, 2010

J.D. Salinger: 1919 - 2010

J.D. Salinger was 91 when he died in his New Hampshire home on January 27, 45 years after he published his last known story, "Hapworth 16, 1924," in the New Yorker .
In Memoriam
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  February 05, 2010

Wes Anderson, Stephen King, John Hodgman, and JSF mourn Salinger; Bret Easton Ellis rejoices

We have to hand it to the Onion for writing the ultimate J.D. Salinger tribute; this truly is the final word on the subject. And...
By Carrie Battan  |  January 29, 2010

The 12th Annual Muzzle Awards

With the era of repression and secrecy fostered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney finally over, this should be the best of times for freedom of expression, open government, and civil liberties. Yet change comes slowly.
A look at the dishonorable enemies of free speech and personal liberty in New England.
By DAN KENNEDY  |  July 10, 2009