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04.29.08 50 Comments

Ebay is currently auctioning a letter written in 1981 by legendary Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger to a woman with whom he had an affair.  Some of the highlights of the letter:

Have of ten gone to the desk to converse, talk with you, inquire warmly of the state of your Bowels, but nothing has come of it.

You might think it strange that he capitalized Bowels, but you haven’t met this broad… Anyway, the reason the letter is worth mentioning on a movie site is Salinger’s assessment of recent films.

Have seen no good movies, except The Last Metro, which wasn’t exactly indelibly fine, but Deneuve herself maybe was, or came close. [Boosh? –Ed.]  I got hooked into seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, which might be excused for its unwitty, unfunny awful socko-ness if it had been put together by Harvard Lampoon seniors.

Ouch – I just checked and yep, I’m pretty sure that’s a burn.  A history burn.  Reached for comment, Raiders director Steven Spielberg reportedly shot back, “Oh yeah? Well, let’s just say there’s a reason he didn’t call the book Pitcher in the Rye, if you catch my drift…”

[via Empire

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