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J.D. Salinger, Whaaaaaat? The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 56

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Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.

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What happens when you get My Brother's Husband, A Lost Lady, and Frog and Toad Together in the same room? Find out as Gwen and Frank discuss gay manga, Willa Cather, J.D. Salinger, and Arnold Lobel's classic books for children!

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

 Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

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The Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel

Non-Book Recommendations

Gwen: Margaret Atwood's essay about Ray Bradbury in The Paris Review

Frank: The movie Frantz directed by Francois Ozon

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LOVE

Frank and Gwen, Thank you for another amazing and insightful podcast. Once again I had a terrible time shutting off my phone at its conclusion. I think 30 minutes is not nearly enough time to enjoy your company.I could listen to you two speak ad nauseum and still I think I would not stop. I absolutely loved your book recommendations. A Lost Lady is now high on my list of what to read next. If you ever get the chance I would love to hear your thoughts on City of Glass by Paul Auster (this story made me want to become a writer) and also post modernism literature as a whole which I know is one of those genres that people either love or hate with no middle ground in sight. But it would be interesting to hear your perspectives and if you have found any pleasure in reading these types of novels. Once again, thank you I honestly love love love your podcast so much. You two are brilliant. Keep up the great work. -C

Thank you : )

You are so kind - thank you so much. Way back when I felt I wouldn't "like" Paul Auster but read The New York Trilogy for a book group and loved them! Auster's attention to detail and clear love of words express themselves very enjoyably. And even at his most Meta - I find him deeply rooted in authentic human emotion that is so very persuasive. I love how he plays with genre forms as he grounds his characters and settings "realistically." I've since read Book of Illusions and really must read more him!

pretty mouth and green my eyes

First, your podcast is fantastic. So engaging and well put together. I've read a few things you've recommended and have loved everything, in particular lately "Lincoln in the Bardo" and "All Our Wrong Todays" after Gwen's review (thank you Gwen, I loved them both). But I'm writing today to thank Frank -- Frank, you've given me a reason to pull "Nine Stories" off my shelf and read past "A Perfect Day for Bananafish". Not sure why I've never read the other stories before, but when I heard you say "pretty mouth and green my eyes" it clicked with me as I'm a huge PJ Harvey fan -- she references it directly (using those words, and now I wonder if there's more from the story) in her incredible song "Angelene" (off the album "Is this Desire?"). Thank you Gwank! :)

Thank you!

Thanks for sharing this! Must listen to that PJ Harvey song - as the story "Pretty Mouth" story pretty much blew me away - as did the rest of the collection!

Salinger

Re your comments on Salinger. After I first read Catcher in the Rye in 10th grade I went whole hog into the ouvre. And the NYPL was instrumental in my quest. I was able to track down all his uncollected stories, some two dozen or so, at the main branch and the Mid Manhattan. As to the spartan jacket design, Salinger was adamant about that, as well as no blurbs, picture or bio. And I would recommend revisiting Joyce's Dubliners, as another collection that we couldn't really appreciate when we first attempted them.

Thank you!

This is great to hear Dennis - much appreciated! And we heard about Salinger's book cover dictates - glad you confirmed this! Also, you are right on target, we haven't read Dubliners since college - agreed, would be great to revisit. Thanks again!

Manga

My daughter studied Japanese. According to her the correct pronunciation is mahn-ga vs. Main-ga What is the traditional pronunciation in library land? My fellow librarians can't come to a consensus. I tend to agree with the Japanese. Love your podcast and banter. I learn so much!

Thank you!

We'll go with your daughter - she studied Japanese after all! Thanks again for your comment!

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