Friday, June 19, 2009

Enough already

Ongoing nonsense around an opportunistic hack piggybacking on Catcher in the Rye looks about finished, and the NY Times has it right.

"Because copyright extends during the author’s lifetime, plus 70 years, the character of Holden Caulfield does not belong to the public domain. We have no doubt that no matter what the judge rules Caulfield, like Huck, will remain forever young, simply because that is how his author imagined him. In almost every battle between the original and the derivative, in copyright or public domain, it is the original that retains our affection."

Staying with the Times, Janet Maslin (quite rightly) freaks out about Ron Currie Jr, and his sublime new novel available any day now.
His first book is a beauty and I think my guy is ready to stand with the giants now.
Everything Matters is just brilliant.

Posted by David

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