What's missing is the effortless character charisma Salinger provided. It does no damage to the 1951 bestseller. The Catcher in the Rye continues to stand on its own, unassailed.
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Salinger's teenage hero, Holden Caulfield, lives on in my unauthorized novel: a mashup combining The Catcher in the Rye and Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
This isn't about J.D. Salinger's right to legally block the publication of a Catcher in the Rye sequel, but about love and reading Catcher in the Rye for the very first of many times.
When does an iconic image, a shared artistic experience, or a germane public idea shift shape from private and protected to public and open to fair use?
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