J.D. Salinger Hated Hitchens, Secret Letter Stash May Reveal?
UPDATE: The Guardian reports that the letters are actually a fake, as confirmed by an editor from Taki's newspaper, The Spectator:
Fortunately we will be spared [from greater reveals] as Spectator political editor Fraser Nelson has come clean to the Guardian that the letters are a spoof by Taki. Was anyone amused?
PREVIOUSLY: Greek columnist Taki Theodoracopulos claims to have exchanged "hundreds of letters" with the recently deceased legendary author J.D. Salinger.
In an article on his website titled "My Affair With J.D. Salinger", Taki discusses his close relationship with Salinger, imagining a movie to be made about "JD & Taki, a love story between two real men who never met."
Though Taki writes that he "cannot go into details for legal reasons," he claims to be "worried about" about the publicity that is sure to come when the correspondence is allowed to go public.
Taki doesn't give many details about his letters from Salinger, but he does mention that the author often spoke about how much he
loathed modern Britain almost as much as I do, and particularly hated what he called phonies like Christopher Hitchens, Martin Amis and, surprisingly, VS Naipaul. In fact he once hinted I should beat Naipaul up, but dropped it after I told him I was a friend of Shiva Naipaul's, as well as of his wife Jenny. Nearly all adults were suspect to JD Salinger, as well they should have been--that's why he has a man who Holden respects make a homosexual pass at the youngster. A boy alone in a world of hypocrisy and false values. That was the real JD Salinger, at least the one I got to know through hundreds of letters. Stay tuned.
We will stay tuned and wait for time to tell if there is substance behind Taki's claims.