J. D. Salinger, privacy and celebrity — a Q&A with the director of the new film

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J.D. Salinger was a big deal in my house. My mother always talked about Salinger and exposed me to him at a very young age and I was completely in love with Salingers work. He was a beautiful artist. A true artist who created this indelible, this immaculate art. But I didnt know anything about the man. I think part of the contention in the film is that because hes a writer for the ages and not just a talented writer of the mid-century, he deserves this kind of treatment and his story needs to be told. Do you think if other people didnt share your assessment of him as a genius of this magnitude, theyd say why not just respect his request for privacy? You cant have a one-way dialogue with the world. It doesnt work like that. When he reached out to the New York Times for an interview, was he a public figure then? When he through the 1980s pursued actresses that he saw and fell in love with on TV, was he a public figure then? When he sat down and granted interviews with journalists, was he a public figure? Theres this Wikipedia view of J.D. Salinger.