Yes, legendary Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger is still alive, and no, he hasn’t seen a super exclsuive screening of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull…
Our friends at FilmDrunk have discovered something interesting in a letter written in 1981 by Salinger, which is now up for sale on eBay. Salinger might be one of the great writers of all time, but in this letter, he proves he would have been a horrible movie critic:
“Have seen no good movies, except The Last Metro, which wasn’t exactly indelibly fine, but Deneuve herself maybe was, or came close. [Boosh? â€“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.”
Wait, did J.D. Salinger actually call Raiders of the Lost Ark “unwitty, unfunny awful”? Salinger received and rejected numerous offers to adapt The Catcher in the Rye for the screen, one of which came directly from Raiders director Steven Spielberg.