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J. D. Salinger, Sugarcoated Melancholy and the Conspiracy of the Human Voice

J. D. Salinger, Sugarcoated Melancholy and the Conspiracy of the Human Voice

Given that our most recent issue of The Mockingbird magazine opens with a quote from J. D. Salinger’s novel Franny and Zooey, I figured I would share something from one of his lesser-known pieces in print, the novella Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters.

In the novella, Salinger has a way of playfully getting at the darkest of human truths. The plot encapsulates this style; it is light-heartedly sad. The narrator, Buddy, goes to his brother Seymour’s wedding and knows no one else there. Seymour doesn’t show up, and Buddy spends the rest of the afternoon with the bride’s family,…

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Can You See the Real Me? – David Zahl

The second video to be posted from our recent conference in NYC but the first to be recorded, this is from Thursday evening 4/3:

Can You See the Real Me? ~ David Zahl from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

More 2011 Favorites: Books, Documentaries, Musical Discoveries and Web

More 2011 Favorites: Books, Documentaries, Musical Discoveries and Web

Books and Film

Favorite Piece of Fiction (Read During 2011): Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger. Not just a favorite of the year, but a favorite, period. It’s a rare work of art indeed that can shed light on both The Royal Tenenbaums and the Jesus Prayer. Unbelievably wise, delightfully funny and deeply religious (in the best possible sense), I’m not sure Christ had a better spokesman in the 20th century than Zooey Glass. And has Salinger’s dialogue ever been bettered? I’m only embarrassed it took me this long to discover it. Favorite novel released in 2011 would have to be…

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Franny and Zooey and the Son of God Who Throws Tables Around

Franny and Zooey and the Son of God Who Throws Tables Around

Why did no one ever tell me that Franny and Zooey was all about Jesus? I feel duped. But at least I have a new favorite book… and an even deeper appreciation for The Royal Tenenbaums. Here are a few of the many memorable quotes on the subject of, you know, Our Lord in Salinger’s masterpiece:

“The part that stumps me, really stumps me, is that I can’t see why anybody — unless he was a child, or an angel, or a lucky simpleton like the pilgrim — would even want to say the prayer to a Jesus who was the…

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Three More from Franny and Zooey

Three More from Franny and Zooey

“Just because I’m so horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn’t make it right. I’m ashamed of it. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash.” (p. 30)

“For about a whole month, at least, whenever anybody said anything that sounded campusy and phony, or that smelled to high heaven of ego or something like that, I at least kept quiet about it. I…

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Psychoanalysis and the Grace of God in Franny and Zooey

Psychoanalysis and the Grace of God in Franny and Zooey

From pp 109-110 of J.D. Salinger’s other masterpiece:

“I don’t know,” he said. “It seems to me there must be a psychoanalyst holed up somewhere in town who’d be good for Franny — I thought about that last night.”  [Zooey] grimaced slightly.

“But I don’t happen to know of any.  For a psychoanalyst to be any good with Franny at all, he’d have to be a pretty peculiar type.  I don’t know. He’d have to believe that it was through the grace of God that he’d been inspired to study psychoanalysis in the first place. He’d have to believe…

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