July 3, 2009

"J.D. Salinger invented blogs, according to a federal judge..."

"... who granted a temporary injunction yesterday against John David California's planned 'parody' of Catcher in the Rye."

That's Gawker's take on the judicial opinion that said:
Both narratives are told from the first-person point of view of a sarcastic, often uncouth protagonist who relies heavily on slang, euphemisms and colloquialisms, makes constant digression and asides, refers to readers in the second person, constantly assures the reader that he is being honest and that he is giving them the truth.
[Insert you own slangy, sarcastic, digressive aside against the judge... who is probably a phony.]

8 comments:

Fred4Pres said...

Catcher In The Rye is a good book, but over rated. Give the kids more Orwell in school. Or perhaps more Gaiman.

ricpic said...

Wow, did anyone see the picture of 90-something Salinger with his hot 30-something wife? Whatever it is he's got he's got something.

nansealinks said...

somewhere i read that instapundit basically created blogging. the fringe to the blogging binge.

then later i read that blogging was invented actually by a student who had an assignment due about news articles and he procrastinated and procrastinated and then on the last night he figured out how to get into newfeed and did his homework in minutes, essentially creating an rss feed. so some lazy student created blogging.


Of course i have known academics to take credit for students work before so i don't know what to make of the inventor of blogging. I am terribly biases against the whole academia so you know where my opinion belongs. probably up my as**. ouch that hurts. don't do that again.

traditionalguy said...

Gov. Sanford can start a new blog, but he will probably be sued by F. Scott Fitzgerald for making up a life story like the Great Gatsby.

Crimso said...

"Wow, did anyone see the picture of 90-something Salinger with his hot 30-something wife? Whatever it is he's got he's got something."

What he's got is clear contempt for the half-your-age-plus-seven rule.

Southbound Blues said...

"... who is probably a phony."


lolz.

William said...

If you really want to know the truth, I don't think Salinger is the kind of guy you'd want to call up after you read his books and discuss life with. Apparently he used to cull the letters from youthful admirers. Those youthful admirers who were young and pretty (and over 18) he would respond to. He would help them negotiate life's difficult passages. When one of them, Joyce Maynard, wrote a book about the experience, he felt betrayed by her and the other literati took his side in the quarrel. OK, it's not technically pedophilia, but it's really kind of creepy. Salinger's books were a kind of Neverland ranch which he used to attract adolescent girls.

coolerdanu said...

You (and those brilliant lawyers at Gawker) might try reading the very next sentence of the Opinion.

"While CERTAINLY UNOBJECTIONABLE IN ISOLATION, in concert with the aforementioned similarities, Colting's adoption of Plaintiff's characteristic style is simply ONE MORE INIDCATION that Defendants have not limited thmemselves to taking no more than is necessary . . .

http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/20090701salinger.pdf