READING ‘AN OCEAN FULL OF BOWLING BALLS’ BY J.D. SALINGER


Posted on November 29th, by legrandfromage in art, magazine. No Comments

JDSalinger-three-stories

I was hesitant to post anything when ‘Three Stories’ by J.D. Salinger leaked online. If you missed it, or if your attention span skipped over the very existence of J.D. Salinger entirely, here’s the short version: J.D. Salinger was one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. For the last decades of his life, however, he published nothing. Not only that, he legally prohibited some of his earliest writing to be published in bookform, so the only way fans could read these ‘lost stories’ was by looking at them in the archives of a specific library in the U.S. No copies were allowed to be checked out. Bootleg copies of ‘Three Stories’ have been circulating amongst collectors for decades and this week, a copy not only showed up on eBay, it was also scanned and shared online. Most major news sources reported on it, proving once more how much Salinger matters, even today. Rumour has it new, unpublished Salinger books will be published starting 2015, so this could be a clever way to keep up the hype until then.

Salinger

Now, I’ve always wanted to read these missing stories, but like many Salinger fans I also wanted to cherish the myth of their existence. Reading a bootleg copy also leaves a slight, niggling feeling of betrayal towards Salinger. I had already read parts of the most famous ‘missing story’, ‘An Ocean Full Of Bowling Balls’, in books about Salinger, but this is the first time I had a chance to read the whole thing. I couldn’t resist. And I’m not sorry I caved, either. It’s not as (nearly) perfect as his later work, but it’s still miles ahead of most things I’ve ever read. Dazed Digital has put up a scan of the whole story. I’m not linking to the pdf with all three stories, although I will admit that the file is sitting in my download folder right now, quietly judging me.

Read ‘An Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ by Jerome David Salinger.

Here’s the whole ‘leaking’ story discussed on Reddit.

Related Posts with Thumbnails



Comments

Leave a Reply



TARAJI P. HENSON AND M.A.C. COLLECTION COMING SEPTEMBER – GIRD YOUR LOINS

Taraji P. Henson, fictional mother to Lyons and old dudes aging backwards into babies alike, is about to drop a M.A.C. Cosmetics collection and...

‘BLONDE’ BY FRANK OCEAN: A REVIEW

He took a nap. People were already anaemic recovering from ‘Endless’ and Frank Ocean took a nap as his excruciatingly anticipated new album debuted online. This...

FRANK OCEAN RELEASES VISUAL ALBUM “ENDLESS” – STREAM + REVIEW HERE

If there ever was an appropriate time to bust out the Mr Krabs meme, it’s now. For on this day, we have been delivered. Frank...

JOIN KNOTORYUS AT CLARE ROJAS ‘THE INEXHAUSTIBLE MIDDLE’ AT ALICE GALLERY (15/09-28/10/2016)

Opening a completely new museum would leave anyone knackered – if you haven’t visited the MIMA in Brussels yet, you definitely need to be...

PATTA FALL WINTER 2016 LOOKBOOK: OWN YOUR OWN MIND

In a world where even the best of streetwear & skate brands are having trouble staying relevant, after having been devoured by the industry wearing and styling...

FIVE MIXES FOR FRIDAY
Looking for a longer listen? We got five on it. Feat. TLOP (chopped), Stranger Things, Blackest Ever Black, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve and Tobacco.
DON’T LET THEM PLAY YOUR GIRL: A STYLE GUIDE

Now my good sis Malia Obama just got caught appreciating what appears to be a little of that desiccated oregano at Lollapalooza and I’m...

KNOTORYUS BEST + WHERE TO BUY RAF SIMONS x ADIDAS ORIGINALS FW16

Now that everybody can stop pretending to have been super shook when it was announced by Calvin Klein that “Raf Simons signed on as Chief Creative Officer...

EXISTENTIALISM IS THE NEW BLACK
Get God on the phone! Yes, 'the new black' is 'the black emotional hole caused by the absurd position of mankind searching for meaning...
THINGS TO BE HERE FOR THIS WEEK

Lo! It’s day 4 AFWT (After Formation World Tour) and I remain shook like the people of Pompeii on that ashy day in August....

GUCCI, HUXTABLE, VANDERPERRE MOMENTS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Hopefully you’re reading this on a scorching beach squinting over the rim of your shades while holding your phone upside down “‘cause that really...

A ROSE, COLD WATER AND A DANCE CHURCH

This week was already marked by our generation’s biggest data spill since WikiLeaks but there are still other things you can equally be here...

THINGS TO BE HERE FOR THIS WEEK

These are trying times to say the least, so allow me to provide you with some much-needed spiritual ‘entertaintment’. Lobster bisque for the soul....

KNOTORYUS TALKS TO GOOSE’S MICKAEL KARKOUSSE (INTERVIEW)

When you’d ask the question what I was doing when I first heard about Belgian band GOOSE, the answer would probably be heavy on...