10 Things Holden Caulfield Hates

By Heba Hasan

A 61st-birthday pity party in honor of The Catcher In The Rye and its mopey protagonist

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Today is the 61st anniversary of J.D Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, a novel that introduced us to the most beloved/hated embodiment of disaffected youth in all of literature—and quite possibly pop culture as a whole. To celebrate, we've rounded up ten things that Holden Caulfield hates. We could have taken the easy way out and just said all of humanity, but that wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining. And besides, nothing makes you feel more grateful about the fact that you're not a self-destructive, angst-ridden teenager (anymore) than reminding yourself exactly why Holden Caulfield loathes Jesus' Disciples.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/07/10-things-holden-caulfield-hates/259905/