Salinger blog

January 30, 2010

Alan Taylor – 30th January 2010 Recently, while researching a long piece on Bob Dylan, I read that in the 1960s Dylan was offered the part of Holden Caufield in a never-realised film version of The Catcher In The Rye. Anyone who has seen the young Dylan at his most brattish in DA Pennebaker’s...

Blog 25th January

January 25, 2010

Alan Taylor 25th January 2010 Reading William Faulkner which, I’m told, is not a common occurrence these days. Why, when so much that’s currently published is remarkable for its vapidity, tonelessness and lack of character? Having bought the five-volume Library of America set, which includes...

Blog 21st November

November 21, 2009

Alan Taylor 21st November 2009 Reading the second and final volume of Timothy Neat’s biography Hamish Henderson (Polygon, £25), the too-tall poet, balladeer and folklorist who died at the age of 82 in 2002. Slowly but surely an era in Scottish letters is being given its proper due. Maggie Fergusson’s...

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November 13, 2009

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Following Columbus

November 13, 2009

Alan Taylor 13th November 2009 WHERE better to begin than with the Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, who famously made Hamlet utter: “to blog or not to blog, that is the question.” At least it was. Now, with coming of the SRB’s website, there is no option but to blog. As another great...