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J. D. Salinger’s Toilet On eBay For $1 Million

Photo: Gregorydavid (CC)

Photo: Gregorydavid (CC)

For real, reported by New York Magazine:

A toilet from a New Hampshire home that J.D. Salinger lived in during the eighties is being auctioned on eBay for $1,000,000. Really. Really. The commode is a “simple, white Crane Oxford model” that has not been cleaned and does not come with a seat or lid. It does come with a letter of authenticity. The extremely classy dealer vending this porcelain throne is open to taking “reasonable” offers for the toilet, but he thinks it’s worth at least $100,000. After all, even though it was manufactured in October 1962, after most of his published work had appeared, “Salinger is believed to have left behind a substantial volume of unpublished writing, and … surely Salinger conceived some of it while sitting on” this very toilet…

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J. D. Salinger – With Love and Squalor, For Esmé

1951 picture of Salinger, photographed by Maurey Garber 1953 and later donated to the University of New Hampshire. Copyright is held by Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire.

1951 picture of Salinger, photographed by Maurey Garber 1953 and later donated to the University of New Hampshire. Copyright is held by Lotte Jacobi Collection, University of New Hampshire.

This essay will explore the relationship of America’s most famous recluse to The CIA, George H.W. Bush and the MK-Ultra mind control program.

In his celebrated story For Esmé – With Love and Squalor, Salinger, trying to get a grip on life, most probably is talking about himself when he starts a correspondence with a thirteen-year-old British girl in 1948.  A Perfect Day for Bananafish is another story about his struggle with suicide.

“In Search of J. D. Salinger” by Ian Hamilton recounts Salinger’s experiences in the employ of United States Defense Intelligence, during and after World War II, serving with the Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC).

His time was spent mainly in the interrogation of captured Nazis. However, toward the end of the war, he was involved in the denazification of Germany and the subsequent creation of the mind control program MK-Ultra.  Project Artichoke was developed under the influence of the former Nazis who worked with CIC to get the Jews to Palestine.… Read the rest

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‘Catcher in the Rye’ Author J.D. Salinger Dies at 91

The Catcher In The Rye“People always think something’s all true.”
— J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 2

Hillel Italie writes on the AP Via Yahoo News:

J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose The Catcher in the Rye shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

The Catcher in the Rye, with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made Catcher a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight — and concern.”

Enraged by all the “phonies” who make “me so depressed I go crazy,” Holden soon became American literature’s most famous anti-hero since Huckleberry Finn.

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