By Jessica Allen - Monday, February 11, 2013 - 0 Comments
During that glorious lull between Christmas and New Year’s, I found myself alone one evening. I’d just finished reading The Raw and the Cooked, a collection of essays by Jim Harrison, an American author who’s written more than 30 works of poetry, fiction (including the novella Legends of the Fall) and nonfiction. He’s the sort of writer who gets as emotional over sitting down to a feast of game birds and a case of good Burgundy as he does about considering What It All Means. Actually, come to think of it, the meal and the thinking usually go hand in hand.
Partly inspired by Harrison’s solitary cooking adventures, I was eager to prepare dinner for one. I settled on a favourite pasta–one I imagined the author would admire in both portion and flavour: Cook half a box of Barilla spaghetti in a pot. Drain, after reserving a little starchy water. In the same pot, over low heat, melt a couple tablespoons of butter and add the juice of half a lemon. Add the spaghetti back in, along with some of the reserved water. Throw in a generous handful of freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano, baby arugula and toss. Top your serving with freshly ground black pepper, Maldon salt and a drizzle of olive oil. (I had no woodcock stock, or duck confit, which Harrison would have most certainly added.)
By Bookmarked and Jessica Allen - Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM - 0 Comments
On Tuesday, Simon & Schuster acquired the rights to The Private War of J.D. Salinger, an oral biography by author David Shields and filmmaker-screenwriter Shane Salerno. The adapted book, to be published this September, promises to take an unprecedented look into the author’s life, “with over 150 sources who either worked directly with author J.D. Salinger, had a personal relationship with him, or were influenced by his work,” according to the publisher.
Friends of the author have always insisted that there are several unpublished stories and novels by Salinger.
Salerno said in a statement that “The myth that people have read about and believed for 60 years about J.D. Salinger is one of someone too pure to publish, too sensitive to be touched. We replace the myth of Salinger with an extraordinarily complex, deeply contradictory human being.”
Jofie Ferrari-Adler, a senior editor at Simon & Schuster –who published Salinger’s daughter’s memior Dreamcatcher in 2000–said in a statement that “Both the film and book are an investigation into the cost of art and the cost of war.” “This is a truly revelatory work, and one that transcends literary biography to investigate the larger story of the legacy of World War II. Through the prism of Salinger’s life and his experience at war, the authors are presenting a personal history of the 20th century.”
Salinger, who was drafted into service after the attack on Pearl Harbor, was deeply traumatized after the war, in which he served from 1942-44 and saw military action, including landing on the Utah Beach in France during the Normandy Invasion.
PBS will air Salerno’s documentary, which he’s been working on for several years, in January, 2014.
Salinger died on Jan. 27, 2010 at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire, where he enjoyed relative privacy for more than 50 years.
For a comprehensive look, including reviews, of previous biographies written on Salinger, have a look here.