The Catcher In The Rye // J.D. Salinger (1951) // Novel
Fun fact: This was originally published in serial form from 1951-52 to instant success with adolescent readers though intended for adults.
The Catcher In The Rye had been a highly contentious novel. Having been banned from schools because it features prostitution and curse words, it has been remembered as one of the greatest American novels of all time.
This in part has to do with the fact that it was the first young adult novel to be written. Chronicling what Holden Claufield, a 16 year old who gets expelled from Pencey Prep decides to leave early and hang around New York city before returning home. Salinger wrote in the voice of Claufield who rather than narrates, speaks directly to the reader. It was the voice of teen angst, before the world knew what teen angst was.
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Title: What It Is (2012)
Artist: Made In Japan (Sights and Sounds Album)
Fun Fact: The members of the band are from Sydney, the city featured throughout this rather hipster music video.
I do admit, I haven’t seen my own city captured in such a trendy, intimate yet recognisable way.
Documentary: The Culture Show BBC // 'Sincerely, F. Scott Fitzgerald' (2013) // Presented by Jay McInerney // Link to watch: (x)
It’s Fitzgerald hysteria. Everything stylish has been about the Roaring Twenties and the flappers of their day in the wake of the Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby (2013). In a Culture Show special, focusing on the source of this great story is American novelist, Jay McInerney attempts to understand the man who was the great American writer who inspired this new fascination.
With art imitating much of life, the parallels of Fitzgerald’s craft was explored in conjunction with his life. Deeply involved with the countless letters the legend wrote by hand of type writer, a new sense of intimacy is sourced.
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As an Impressionist painter, Monet was preoccupied with light just as much as subject. In the Rouen Cathedral series, the facade of the Rouen Cathedral was painted numerous times during different times of the day and year in the 1890s. Monet was able to show through the first series of paintings of a single subject he completed, the importance that different lighting conditions had contributed to the subject.
These paintings were mainly begun near by the Cathedral in a temporary studio across the road and then completed back in Givenry. In order to capture the subtlety of light’s ever changing quality, Monet had to work quickly. Generally, the need to capture the distinct affect of different lighting conditions that were so prominent with the cathedral’s facade, proved a challenge for Monet.
In the end, Monet had completed over thirty paintings of the cathedral in different conditions. Twenty of the best were chosen by Monet to be shown in an exhibition and were heavily praised by fellow Impressionists, Pissarro and Cezanne.
Title: An Education
Director: Lone Scherfig
Screenplay: Nick Hornby
Fun Fact: This film was based off of the essay memoir of British journalist, Lynn Barber about her coming of age experience in the early 1960s.
That high school student angst of wanting to a life of excitement beyond ‘pony essays’ and Latin translation is exactly what is captured in this film. Despite the youthful topic, An Education is still entertaining enough for anyone to watch. Filmed in in great style, the film boasts excellent casting, humour and a surprisingly good soundtrack for pre-Beatles England in the 1960s.
An Education captures perfectly the tension held between youthful desires, temptations and the reality of life and hard work. Perhaps many of us have felt as Jenny (Mulligan) did
Title: Limit To Your Love (2010)
Artist: James Blake (Self Titled Album)
Fun Fact: This song is in fact a cover of a 2007 song by a Canadian Artist, Fiest.
The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (2012)
Despite being a New York Times best-seller and motion picture in the making, The Fault In Our Stars took about 10 years to conceptually complete by Green. Inspired by the time he spent in children’s hospitals and meeting teens suffering from cancer, Green was surprised to learn they were just like most other teens.
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