While its status as an American classic remains undisputed, The Catcher in the Rye has also earned a shadowy legacy by way of its connections to celebrity murders along with an attempted presidential assassination, all through no fault of its own. What is it about this novel that connected with several desperate loners on their separate and misguided journeys to infamy within a single decade? In the most salacious episode to date, Infinite Gestation investigates the Salinger classic, touching on story parallels shared with the 1976 film Taxi Driver, its cameo in The Shining and J.D. Salinger’s legally mandated absence from Field of Dreams.
*References to “Bonner” are actually intended to indicate Robert John Bardo. Patrick apologizes for the strange transposition of names and further promises to read Silas Marner (again) to serve as proper atonement … or maybe he’ll just spend the entire weekend picking up trash along the highway.
Show Notes & Links
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Salinger (2013 film) – Shane Salerno
- Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella (source material for Field of Dreams)
- Field of Dreams (1989 film) – Phil Alden Robinson
- Dachau concentration camp
- Time Must Have a Stop by Aldous Huxley
- A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
- A Clockwork Orange (1971 film) – Stanley Kubrick
- Mark David Chapman
- John Warnock Hinckley Jr.
- Robert John Bardo (not Bonner)
- Taxi Driver (1976 film) – Martin Scorsese
- Taxi Driver screenplay was written by Paul Schrader not Paul Shaffer
- The Catcher in the Rye – The Shining cameo
- Kubrick in the Rye