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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Kirk Barbera

Presented at: Troubadour Talks

Date: Mar 04, 2021

What do Holden Caufield, Jerry Fletcher (Conspiracy Theory, 1997, played by Mel Gibson) and a modern conspiracy theorist have in common? On this episode of Troubadour Podcast, I discuss the style of J.D. Salinger's story about Holden Caufield's weekend adventure.

This is a book that has been linked to multiple assassins, including the man who shot John Lennon. It is also a favorite among teenage boys. What can we learn from the method of Caufield's "stream of consciousness" that can reveal an important truth about the followers of Qanon, and other modern conspiracy theorists?

In this video I will outline the general plot of The Catcher in the Rye, what I call "the Caufield Effect," and explain my view on why it is critical to read this book today.


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