Welcome to the discussion page for The Catcher In The Rye. Scroll down to meet the editors you'll be hearing from, and watch our video discussions, read blogs, and discuss the book with other readers.
Zoë Triska, Associate Books Editor. I was a Literature major so I can't help analyzing every single thing. I admit that I'm one of those people who Googles phrases, places, names every couple of pages when I'm reading. There are constantly things that stump me, though so I'd love to hear your thoughts on the significance of words, places, events that take place in the book.
Andrew Losowsky, Books Editor. I'm British, so anything you think I've spelled wrong, is actually just spelled older. I look for stories to take my brain into new spaces, and I'll be particularly discussing the facts as we think we know them, and the clues I think we're being given by the story. I'll be choosing a few facts to use as jumping-off points for discussions.
Madeleine Crum, Assistant Books Editor. I like looking at language particularities, but in case you think that's a snooze (you wouldn't be alone), I'm also interested in reading what critics say about books and whether their reviews are spot on or way off.
Annemarie Dooling, Community Editor. Locations and descriptions speak to me the same way characters do. I love dissecting story details. If you read the same books over and over again the same way you visit an out-of-town friend, we're going to get along just fine.
Here's our reading schedule:
10/17: Chapters 1 through 7
10/24: Chapters 8 through 14
10/31: Chapters 15 through 21
11/7: Chapters 22 through the end of the book
BEFORE YOU GO
11/07/2012 12:29 PM EST
Watch our final hangout here at 4pm ET
Join us right here at 4pm to talk about "The Catcher in the Rye." Whether you have video capabilities or not on your computer or device, you can join the hangout and use the chat window.
11/07/2012 12:24 PM EST
Holden on Jesus
@ TravelingAnna :
"The thing Jesus *really* would have liked would be the guy that plays kettle drums in the orchestra." - Holden Caulfield #hpbookclub
11/06/2012 2:07 PM EST
Then and now: Your comparisons
Did you enjoy the book more as a student or now as an adult? Which differences stood out the most for you?
We'll see you tomorrow at our usual time at 4pm ET in the Google Hangout.
11/06/2012 12:19 PM EST
Do Students Find 'Catcher In The Rye' Boring?
The problem is that Catcher in the Rye is no longer a book for cool high school students. Catcher in the Rye is a book for cool high school teachers... But when a novel is implicitly endorsed by the culture, as Catcher in the Rye is, how radical could it be?
Jessica Roake at Slate.com recommends taking Catcher in the Rye out of high schools, and replacing it with another title.
10/31/2012 4:39 PM EDT
A Special Update From Your Editors
Dear Book Clubbers:
Today is Wednesday, and it's 4:30pm. By now, usually, we've just finished discussion our monthly book with you. We've read your comments, we've brought up some new topics and we've suspended the beliefs and stress of our lives for just 30 minutes to live within the pages of a book.
But this week was different.
As you know, the East Coast has been devastated by Hurricane Sandy, and New York along with it. Several of your Books editors have been displaced by the storm, and our office won't be ready for use until next week at the earliest. Our website suffered a crashed server on Monday night and we did the best we could to update you on emergency info and what you needed to know. Of course, along with this, we've made the difficult decision to hold some of our newsletters, tweets and programs, including our book club.
We hope you're all well - please send us a comment or tweet or some kind of indication that you are okay - and we hope you've had some time to read, because next week we'll discuss the final sections of 'The Catcher in the Rye.' We can't wait to hear from every single one of you- we've definitely missed your voices on this website.
If you need anything at all from us, or just want to tell us that you're okay, email email@example.com.
See you soon.
10/25/2012 5:29 PM EDT
Holden and Phoebe?
Yesterday during our Google Hangout we spoke about how Phoebe represents an ideal childhood and innocence to Holden.
Next week we'll be talking about the relationship between Holden and key people in his life.
Which character speaks to you the most?
10/24/2012 2:13 PM EDT
Watch here: 4pm ET on Oct 24
We could argue that Holden's a bright teenager stuck in a monochromatic world. We could say he's been through the trauma of the death of his brother. We could speculate that he's just having a really rough weekend. But we wanted to get to the bottom of this conversation.
So, on Wednesday, October 24th at 4pm ET we have special guest Matthew Erlich, MD, a psychiatrist-researcher at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in the Division of Mental Health Services. We're going to explore some diagnosis options, talk about Holden's history, and read a few passages that really give clues into his personality.
At 4pm you can find the video feed for the hangout right below. And if you'd like to join the chat, or appear on video, click here.
10/19/2012 10:34 AM EDT
My favorite quote so far
@ TravelingAnna :
"The thing Jesus really would have liked would be the guy that plays kettle drums in the orchestra." - Holden Cauldfield #HPbookclub
10/19/2012 10:34 AM EDT
The Simpsons reference to Holden Caulfield?
Not sure how long this is going to stay up on YouTube, so enjoy it while it lasts. :)
Holden or not?
10/17/2012 4:48 PM EDT
The links from the chat
10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates: http://www.flavorwire.com/308969/10-things-holden-caulfield-hates-about-everyone
Get a Life, Holden Caulfield: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/weekinreview/21schuessler.html?_r=0
Holden Caulfield wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_Caulfield