Thursday, January 28, 2010

Swimming Against the Tide
J.D. Salinger author of The Catcher in the Rye has died at the age of 91.

Personally, I don't care. Sure, I've read it. Fine book. But it's not my bible. And yet wanting-to-be-seen-as-sensitive-and-literate poseurs all over the world are in mourning. And I have to wonder if it's because the author of their favorite book has died, or because they want people to think that CITR was their favorite book. People like that burn my knickers.

I cannot stand people who pretend to like or believe something because they think it'll make them appear smart, or hip, or in. People who say Citizen Kane is their favorite film because critics say it's the best American movie ever. But, in reality, their favorite movie of all time is The Breakfast Club or Caddyshack. These same people are now posting all over Facebook that their lives are darker because Salinger is gone. The fact is, they read it in high school and didn't like it. Their favorite books is actually The DaVinci Code but only losers admit to liking Dan Brown.

Which brings me to music. As a DJ at a college radio station, I'm surrounded by people who pride themselves on being at the vanguard of music. The most indie or the indie pop. But, bless them, they also admit to liking cheese. In fact we just had a discussion about our guilty pleasures....the artists we like but would never play. (My guilty pleasure? Garth Brooks.)

It's weird when I look back at the music I've owned over the course of my life. I've realized that I've never owned the album. The one everyone else in the world owns. I was probably the only kid in my high school who didn't own "Frampton Comes Alive" or the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever. I didn't own "Thriller", "No Jacket Required", or "Dark Side of the Moon." Nor did I own "Born in the U.S.A.", "The Joshua Tree", or "Like a Virgin." Which is not to say I didn't listen to this music on the radio, and even enjoy some of it. But I've always kind of swum against the stream when it comes to popular culture.

I don't watch reality TV (unless you count Mythbusers and Dirty Jobs). I've never seen "E.T." I've never cooked anything with sun-dried tomatoes. I have never gone on a diet. I have never read an Oprah book. In short, I'm a freak.

And The Catcher in the Rye? Overrated.

P.S. The Internet is Made of Cats


Duke said...

Funny vid about the internet being made of cats. I've discovered the rarest thing in the world is a blog without a cat. Try to find one. It doesn't exist. There will be a picture, a mention, or a video about a cat somewhere in all blogs.

I've never understood the Salinger cult either. I'm with you, it's nothing but posers trying to add some class to a classless life.

I don't listen to to a lot of music for the simple reason it's nearly impossible to separate what suits my taste from the rabble. I'm sure there's plenty of music I'd like but I'm not going to listen to hours of stuff I don't just to find it.

If I have a hobby it's movies. I usually watch a couple hundred a year. I blog about some of the more interesting ones although it's a waste of time because no one wants to read a movie blog from the likes of me and I can't say I blame them. I probably wouldn't read them either. I don't know why I keep doing it because it's pretty stupid.

Since everyone knows I watch a lot of movies I'm constantly bombarded with how this or that movie is overrated. I've run into the posers who tell me how great a respected movie is when it's obvious they've never seen it. Funny how fast they change the subject when you ask them a question.

I identify with your blog post. I've seen the same things myself.

Kittie Howard said...

Ages ago I read about half of CITR and dropped of the few books I never finished. This Louisiana gal just couldn't relate to a New England preppie school drop-out, the non-stop profanity, and a search for Whatever. Your post today nails much!

FinnyKnits said...

I wonder how many Facebookers had to look up who JD Salinger actually was before they put up their heartbroken status messages.

Meanwhile, never been on a diet? You're my new hero. That, there, is something to be proud of.

As is the Oprah book thing, but that's just because I loathe that woman and her book cult.