#099: Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye (Novel 1951) “I was surrounded by phonies.”


Hey listeners, Holden Caufield thinks you’re all phonies. This week Old Todd and Old Joe talk about a sort of classic. Well at least pretentious phonies always talk like The Catcher in the Rye is a classic. That kills me.

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3 thoughts on “#099: Holden Caulfield in Catcher in the Rye (Novel 1951) “I was surrounded by phonies.”

  1. He doesn’t think everyone is stupid. He’s not just angry. He doesn’t think everyone is wrong except himself. He loves his brother. He loves his sister. He loves young people. He hates phonies. And phonies are all over the place, and Holden wants to prevent the young people from encountering or–worse–becoming these phonies. He wants to catch them before they fall off the cliff. Stop laughing and giggling. This is serious stuff, and you phonies are messing it up with your bad mouthing and your condescending giggling.

    • On another note, despite your less-than-serious approach to the narrator’s very serious issues, I appreciate that you gave time to the novel and provided a great background and synopsis. Listeners will learn a lot from the first half of this Podcast. Thanks for your effort.

    • Chris,

      Obviously, we did not take it our entire podcast as seriously as the deep topic of grief, loss, and anger warrants. I think we did address that this is a character who is seriously hurting, and at a pained point in his life (particularly with his brother’s death), but our general tone for this podcast is not to take things super seriously.

      We cover an eclectic range of topics, from Pixar films to classic literature to superhero comics to Netflix shows, which leads to a very inconsistent set of narrative styles, themes, and topics for discussion. For our listeners, what remains most consistent is the tone of our discussion, which will mix serious issues, academic theory, and, yes, lighthearted jokes, throughout.


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