While your family spins and twirls around the kitchen, or congregates around the television for football, maybe you can curl up on the couch and enjoy three new J.D. Salinger stories that leaked online late Wednesday evening.
An odd tale that involves some dark Internet corners, but here we go. The commonly accepted lineage goes like this: the three unpublished stories were for sale in paperback on eBay here, then a scan was uploaded to the private-torrent site What.CD, and from there made its way to Imgur, 4Chan and, eventually, Reddit.
The three stories — “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls,” “Paula,” and “Birthday Boy” — were only available to scholars and experts before. "Ocean," was only available at the Princeton library, under strict conditions. To access the story, two pieces of identification must be presented to the librarian, and the story can only be read under supervision in a special reading room. The other two stories were only available at the University of Texas's Harry Ransom Center.
The scanned paperback alleges 25 copies were printed in London, in 1999, but none have never surfaced until now. Their existence has been heretofore completely unknown. The three stories have never appeared online or in print.