Holden Caulfield's Literary Mixtape

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Holden Caulfield's Literary Mixtape

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If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Welcome to the first installment of a new feature on Flavorwire, where we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero.

Literary Mixtape: Holden Caulfield
Their list, while interesting enough, seems a bit anachronistic. Can we do better? What other mixtapes could we dream up?

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Papal Bull

Alright, Holden was a white male. He was an angry teenager. He went to prep school.

 

Now, while I get that he may have totally dug some weepy music he actually struck me as someone genuinely (if shittily) rebellious. To be frank, if Holden were a real person he and I would have been dire, mortal enemies. Hate that fucking kid. Chances are he would've been a lot less classy with his music. I'd expect the list (if to be so anachronistic and ugh) to be more filled with the music that the angry white males growing up listened to. More Iron Maiden (the song Prisoner? Yeeee) and possible some punk (I could imagine Holden living in the early 2000s still thinking that crust punk get up + Rancid all the time is cool).

 

He struck me as a weiner and a whiner, but never a person who couldn't appreciate unfettered aggression and sheer fantasy in music.

 

eta:: for the sake of democracy, I feel that regular users should have the power to edit the moderators' posts for the sheer hilarity of it.

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

yea, but who decides what's hilarious? A better idea might be random power to edit the moderators ... with a time limit. lol.

al-Qa'bong

Lord Chatterley listened to my radio show.

 

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Chances are he would've been a lot less classy with his music. I'd expect the list (if to be so anachronistic and ugh) to be more filled with the music that the angry white males growing up listened to.

 

I always pictured Caulfield as a hard-bop/Horace Silver kinda guy.