Today, J.D. Salinger Would Have Been a Sex Offender

Jd salinger jean millerThe documentary Salinger on Netflix is very interesting, and not only because of the countless fans who would show up unannounced at J.D. Salinger’s house and leave notes asking for “some answer to something in their lives,” the journalist hired to sneak a photo of an aging, highly reclusive Salinger, or even John Lennon’s killer’s obsession with Catcher in the Rye that stuck me about the film. It was his repeated relationships with underage and much younger women, which are highlighted in detail for the duration of Salinger.

1. In 1941, at age 21, Salinger began dating 16-year-old Oona O’Neil, “debutante of the year” and daughter of Nobel prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill who was photographed by yesteryear’s paparazzi at clubs with a glass of milk because she wasn’t old enough to consume alcohol.

2. In May of 1946, not long after suffering a nervous breakdown during his time in WWII, Salinger met and married Sylvia Louise Welter, a member of the Nazi party. At 27, she was hardly underage, but this relationship is interesting not only because Salinger himself was Jewish but because it only lasted less than a month after they had returned to the States.

He didn’t try to kiss me or hug me or squeeze me or anything the way other people did. Maybe I was too old for him. I think he liked younger girls. I was only 7 years younger, I think maybe he preferred 12 years. Younger than that…

-Leila Hadley Luce, friend

3. At age 30, after his annulment to Sylvia Louise, Salinger began a platonic relationship with Jean Miller, then 14, who describes walking along the pier and sharing popcorn and ice cream with him. “I was fresh and new like a breath of spring,” she says.

4. Salinger met his second wife, Claire Douglas, when she was 19. They married when she was 21 and he was 36. The 15-year age difference wasn’t the problem, it was his refusal to attend to Claire or his children while writing Franny and Zooey in a shed on their property.

Thinking back on the guys who sat around the poker table, what distinguished Jerry out of that pack was that there was in him no doubt that he was going to be published, no doubt that he had an enormous talent, and no doubt that everybody else at the poker table was inferior to him.

-A.E. Hotchner, friend of both Ernest Hemingway and J.D. Salinger

5. In 1965, after Salinger, 54, published his very last story, he sent a letter to 18-year-old writer Joyce Maynard after she appeared on the cover of New York Times Magazine. They lived together shortly, but the relationship ended when Salinger told Maynard he was not interested in having any more children. She went on to write about her time with him, which of course made Salinger almost as irate as the time his editor put a comma in one of his short stories without his approval.

Read: Why Joyce Maynard Is Right About J.D. Salinger

 

 

 

Eminem Reveals Struggle with White People Drugs

Eminem face in pillsCritics are buzzing about the just-released documentary How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a candid portrayal and discussion of the multi-billion dollar global drug trade.

The film features interviews from former dealers, users, and legalization advocates alike, and examines the underground drug world, as well as the current state of our enforcement system.  It’s supposed to be fascinating (because drugs are the BEST!) and currently has a 99% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Not bad!

Seriously though, drugs are not the best–don’t do them.  Just listen to Aaron Paul and you’ll be fine.

Among those interviewed for the film was Eminem, who opened up about his struggle with drugs like Vicodin and Ambien, and how an overdose brought him to the point of getting help (what a pussy).

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Rihanna Flies Fans and Press Around The Globe for ‘777 Tour,’ is Generous With In-Flight Alcohol

Holy snakeskin boots on a plane! Flying with Rihanna is exactly what you’d expect. She gets on the intercom to amp up the passengers, personally funnels Courvoisier and Tamales into your throat and cranks up the subwoofers.

For her new [Boeing] 777 Tour (hashtag RihannaPlane), the queen of bright shining diamonds is flying 250 fans and members of the press, who have been not been shy about Tweeting and Instagramming the results, around the world to seven countries.

Kicking off in Mexico City with meal choices of tacos and tamales and mandatory tequila, Rihanna reportedly has goodie bags with Nude perfume, plays Unapologetic on a sound system at the back of the plane, and walks down the aisles making her fans swoon, getting her picture taken and offering champagne.

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Andy Whitfield Documentary ‘Be Here Now’ Explores Cancer And ‘Spartacus’

A documentary called Be Here Now by Academy Award-nominated Lilibet Foster (producer of Speaking In Strings) chronicling the months before Spartacus star Andy Whitfield‘s death should be coming out sometime after July 23.

The film, which follows Whitfield and his wife on a trip to India to explore alternate forms of treatment for the cancer that eventually killed him, recently reached its Kickstarter goal of $200,000. Camera crews tailed the pair for over a year, until September of 2011.  Continue reading “Andy Whitfield Documentary ‘Be Here Now’ Explores Cancer And ‘Spartacus’”

New Documentary ‘The Mechanical Bride’ Is A Non-Fiction ‘Lars And The Real Girl’

Allison de Fren’s documentary, The Mechanical Bride, focuses on the men who turn to the socially taboo – non-human “women” who are the creations of men and used as their (often sexual) companions.

Call them real dolls, fembots, robots, blow-up dolls, mechanical brides, Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, it’s all loosely the same thing. A phenomenon that has to do with both control and a person’s lack of certain skills that would allow them to easily meet people.  Continue reading “New Documentary ‘The Mechanical Bride’ Is A Non-Fiction ‘Lars And The Real Girl’”

‘Marley’ Documentary, As Innovative As The Man Himself

The documentary Marley, focusing on the life of the most famous reggae artist of all time who we lost to cancer in 1981, made an estimated $260,000 at the box office after playing in only 42 theaters following itss release on 4/20.

Besides being available for viewings at local indie theaters nationwide, Magnolia Pictures made a smart move targeting youth –  availability on Facebook  for  $6.99 (a portion of proceeds go to Save The Children) and streaming/on demand platforms.

On iTunes it shot up to the #6 most rented film amidst Blockbuster titles like Contraband and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. On the movie, directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald (Last King Of Scotland), Ziggy Marley says:

“I think what’s great about the film, is though there’s been a lot of things done on Bob, I think this one will give people a more emotional connection to Bob’s life as a man.”  Continue reading “‘Marley’ Documentary, As Innovative As The Man Himself”

Would You Watch A Chris Crocker Documentary?

Chris Crocker isn’t just a guy who screams and bursts into hyperdramatic tears over Britney Spears…like Snooki, Rebecca Black and Tila Tequila, he has a persona that’s hard to separate from his humanity.

From what I gather, directors Chris Moukarbel and Valerie Veatch want to show you that human side. Their film Me At The Zoo chronicles Crocker’s rise to internet fame in all its temporary glory.

Veatch says that online personas are “the future” and a “social currency” adding that Chris found mainstream internet success in 2006 with the video “This And That” on Myspace.

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