Pretty much every teenager in America has read Catcher in the Rye, it’s a high school rite of passage thing. It’s my favorite book along with many other upper-middle-class white men I know. We seem to think alike. It’s the story of lost and wandering Holden Caulfield, an upper-middle-class (probably just plain upper, actually) white man who is battling with the trials of adulthood.
1. Hatin’ on the phonies
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2. Expelled from Pencey
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3. Catchin’ Phoebe
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Join me in a bit of delayed patriotism will you? Nathan Hale is probably in my top 10 American history figures of all time, and I imagine many others share that adoration. His exact appearance is still a mystery, there were no portraits or likenesses of him created during his life. Although he met his end as a spy captured by the British during the revolution, he was not always able to participate in the effort. Due to his studies at Yale and other commitments, he was kept from joining the Militia. It was when the army needed somebody to go behind enemy lines that he volunteered, ultimately leading to his untimely demise. History has gilded his end, as it tends to do, with the famous quote, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Good man.
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2. Yale Educated
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3. American Made
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Holden Caulfield was the first post on Textbook, so I figured why not re-do it since it’s been a couple years. Anyways, we all had to readCatcher in the Ryein high school and we all know it’s a good book. Holden plays the part of spoiled New York City brat who bounces from school to school and calls people phonies. He has a sister named Phoebe and hates Stradlater. So imagine a rich kid bumming around New York and there you go.
1. Stradlater SUCKS
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2. Hey Phoebs
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3. Pencey Prep
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Do you know before I became the world’s leading rhythmic gymnast, I really wanted to be an architect? The design of buildings always held an interest for me, from historical architecture, to Bauhaus, to post-modern crap. Howard Roark, the protagonist of The Fountainhead and I share this love. Like many people, he suffers for his work. Howard finds it difficult to work after he graduates. He could find easy success at the sacrifice of his own creativity. He knows how good of an architect he is and he spends his early career bouncing around, waiting for somebody to recognize his talent. His work life is plagued by negative press and a relationship with Dominique Francon. Eventually, Roark finds somebody to appreciate his work, but not without exploding some things. Hooray for explosions.
1. Are you kidding? I’m the most bomb-ass architect in town
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2. You people at The Banner are a bunch of muckraking bastards!
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3. You disobeyed me, so I’m going to explode this ugly building. Explosions!
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another pevensie post. peter always acted as the voice of reason among the kids and i feel like he was one of those all american types (despite being british). he was wicked smart and eventually was crowned king peter the magnificent. magnificent might be a stretch, but who am i to judge?
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2: oh great, now we have to rescue edmund: coat by ralph lauren, shirt by dolce and gabbana, jeans by gilded age, vintage boots
3: peter the magnificent: sweater by ferragamo, pants by dries van noten, boots by burberry prorsum
All images from GQ.com.