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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:46:52 AM

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I recently read an article about that book, and apparently several high profile loonies, including the guy who killed John Lennon, were obssesed with that book. There was another guy who shot Ronald Reagan (he didnt kill him, fortunately), and other who shot a politician in Alabama.

So I guess that's a bit curious, perhaps it's just a coincidence?

I was 17 when I first read The Catcher in the Rye and really connected with the protagonist. I guess it's normal when you are a teen, that "fuck everything" attitude, a bit nihilistic.

I read it again as an adult, and that book gives me a feeling of nostalgia, like if I missed New York, and Central Park, and that museum, and the puddles on the sidewalk, which are always different, and the kids eating icecreams, and the nuns, and the clubs, and the metro, and all those pictures one "remembers", and that's the incredible thing, because I havent ever been to New York, but you have the feeling you've been there all your life.

So if you add the fact that the author was a bit of a loonie himself and spent 50 years locked in his house isolated from society, and didnt write anything else, you got the perfect ingredients for a mystery.

Is there something hidden in The Catcher in the Rye that makes unbalanced people go on a killing rampage? It's just a coincidence? Did you feel anything peculiar when you read it?
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 6:21:28 AM

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gosh .... should I re-read it now ... or not?

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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 8:21:58 AM

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VanGogh wrote:

[color=darkblue]gosh .... should I re-read it now ... or not?



Nah, you look like a really mentally balanced lady, so I doubt this book could trigger any killing rampage on you.


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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 9:46:16 AM

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I re-read it recently, right after Salinger's death, and have yet to shoot anyone!



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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 10:31:50 AM

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Fantastic book....

I think that the people you may class as 'nutcases' (or potential 'nutcases') have or will become 'obsessed' with this book because, I should imagine, they can relate to it in some way. There's a lot of depression, confusion, loneliness etc in that book....I'm sure most people can relate to it in some way - when I read and studied it I related to it greatly...but, like Sprite, I am yet to shoot anybody. Least of all John Lennon resting peacefully in his grave :p
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 10:48:17 AM

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I read this American Classic when I was in 8th grade 1979-1980. It makes you think and dream all at the same time. Guess the so called "book natzi" will get their hands on this novella like they have with past books ... Latest book Huck Finn.

Now me I am like everyone else here, I haven't done any bodily harm to no one.
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 10:53:20 AM

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omg, suddenly i'm feeling it... the urge to take out my arsenal and go apeshit crazy - strange thing is, it was right after reading the Wizard of Oz... omg, who would have thought!



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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 12:48:46 PM

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Very funny Srite :)) All I can say that the only affect this book had on me was to admire the amazing writing style of J D Salinger....a fantastic book!
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 12:49:18 PM

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I meant Sprite...Sprite :)
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 1:09:08 PM

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Crazies will find their lunacy where ever they look for it. Like as in the Bible or other books. It's like blaming heavy metal and video games for Columbine. People should take responsibility for their actions.
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 1:46:04 PM

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No...but, I did read a sex story here on Lush and afterwards had the urge to go have sex...

So, maybe there is something to that theory...


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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 1:50:10 PM

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sprite wrote:
I re-read it recently, right after Salinger's death, and have yet to shoot anyone!


Sprite, I heard about the recent threats you made to a certain member who's not here anymore. Perhaps that was right after you read this book?
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 1:57:45 PM

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SweetPenny wrote:
sprite wrote:
I re-read it recently, right after Salinger's death, and have yet to shoot anyone!


Sprite, I heard about the recent threats you made to a certain member who's not here anymore. Perhaps that was right after you read this book?


I think we can all agree that it's time that Sprite's reign of psychotic terror ended for all of us who have been victimized. Take away her Salinger books at once!
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 3:37:29 PM

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DirtyMartini wrote:
No...but, I did read a sex story here on Lush and afterwards had the urge to go have sex...

So, maybe there is something to that theory...


Really you have the urge for sex,Alan??? (grins)...I'm SHOCKED...Well I never! Did the story have pictures?(like as in DoubleDs lol)
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Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011 8:19:17 PM

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LadyX wrote:
SweetPenny wrote:
sprite wrote:
I re-read it recently, right after Salinger's death, and have yet to shoot anyone!


Sprite, I heard about the recent threats you made to a certain member who's not here anymore. Perhaps that was right after you read this book?


I think we can all agree that it's time that Sprite's reign of psychotic terror ended for all of us who have been victimized. Take away her Salinger books at once!


That's it. Nothing but Erica Jong books for Sprite from now on...
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Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:07:39 PM

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You got to wonder what Twilight can influence people to do.
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Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:54:57 AM

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..because of the specific archetypal responses engendered by the book (javier, you said yrself it makes you feel wistful and nostalgic--perfect emotional triggers), the book has often been used as an implement of mind control (oswald loved it too, as did manson and sirhan sirhan)

..on a side-note, did you know Hinckley's family was very close to the Bushes..? (daddy Hinckley was scheduled to have dinner with daddy Bush that very weekend--im assumin it got rain-checked;))
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