We’re a Silver Gleaming Death Machine

Danny Sample, Editor-in-Chief

Despite the fact that I am a huge fan of J.D. Salinger, I will not be viewing the most recent documentary on his life by Shane Salerno because he would not want me or anyone else to view such a prying portrait of his reclusive life. Now, most of you are probably thinking that I am crazy for considering what a dead person would find offensive and allowing that consideration to influence decisions I make in my life, or even for believing that I truly know what Salinger would have wanted.

First off, do people honestly believe that J.D. Salinger, a man who spent the better portion of his life sequestered away from all forms of human contact, would want a motion picture made that depicts some of the more intimate aspects of his life? If you fall into the group that simply does not care about what he would or would not have wanted, I say, shame on you. How do you look yourself in the mirror knowing that you are playing a part in the violation and exploitation of another human being’s privacy? Also, I cannot even begin to understand why the Salinger family would allow this movie to be made. It is not like they need the money, as Catcher in the Rye still sells over 250,000 copies a year.

To those of you that are true devotees of Salinger’s works who want to see this film to get a greater understanding of the life of the author that you have come to adore, I understand your intentions the most. However, that being said, ask yourself, how much do you truly understand or respect this author if you are willing to play an active role in the prostitution of his treasured privacy?