“The Catcher in the Rye”: Entertaining, Distressing, Irrelevant?

Plot Summary: Published in 1951, “The Catcher in the Rye” tells the story of a troubled young man’s mental breakdown after he is kicked out of an elite boarding school due to his failing grades.   Many moons ago, I remember reading “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger. At the time, I loved the main character Holden … Continue reading “The Catcher in the Rye”: Entertaining, Distressing, Irrelevant?

Chasing Carrie Fisher

In honor Carrie Fisher and the opening of “The Last Jedi” later this week I decided to read all of Carrie’s memoirs and watch her one woman special “Wishful Drinking”. While I was on my “Carrie-binge” I threw in “Bright Lights” about her Hollywood upbringing and relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds for good measure. … Continue reading Chasing Carrie Fisher

Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.

As is often the case with me, I was recently inspired by a movie opening to explore the literary source material.  I’m one of those people who assumes that if a movie is based on a book, the book is likely better.  In my experience that is usually the case.  The last time it was … Continue reading Reading Agatha Christie: I can see the puzzle outline but the interior remains elusive.