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Episode 65: J.D. Salinger, “Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters” and “Seymour: An Introduction”


This week we read a couple long stories (novellas, maybe?) by this guy named J.D. Salinger. Maybe you’ve heard of him? These two pieces are usually packaged together, and both concern Seymour Glass, and more generally the Glass family, who make appearances in a number of other Salinger stories. Most notably, perhaps, “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” “Franny,” and “Zooey.” Anyway, we read these two things and we talked about them and we recorded it and now you can put our conversation in your ears if you want. Technology!


Discussion points include: discursive narrators, old-fashioned storytelling, the pleasures of being a recluse, and which generation is the worst generation.

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Thanks for listening!


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3 thoughts on “Episode 65: J.D. Salinger, “Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters” and “Seymour: An Introduction”

  1. I can’t download the episode, I don’t think the download link is enabled. (I don’t have i-tunes so I can’t get it from there).

  2. Thanks for letting us know, Chris. Link should be fixed now!

  3. I agree, the documentary was highly disappointing. FWIW, Wikipedia cites Publishers Weekly and claims the two-story anthology of Roof Beams and Seymour outsold all but two other novels in the United States in 1963, the year the book was released. And I remember my parents having a copy of Franny and Zoey in our house in the 1970’s though neither had gone to college so it, too, had some level of popular appeal. Anyway, great show. Thanks.

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