August 19, 2020 - 9:00 p.m. EST
Since its publication in 1951, more than 65 million copies of The Catcher in the Rye have been sold. About 250,000 copies are sold each year—almost 685 per day.
Sales of that magnitude of a novel over 70 years confirms that what The Catcher in the Rye has caught is our imagination. Michael Verde’s four presentations on Catcher illuminate how great works of fiction accomplish that feat—how language artfully formed can catch dimensions of our spirit that other mediums of communication are destined to miss.
Isolation in Community is the first installment of the series. From an unspecified institution in California, Holden recounts a three-day exodus that begins at Pencey Prep in Pennsylvania and ends in New York’s Central Park zoo. Though the span of Holden’s journey is geographically modest, the distance he covers emotionally is profound. In this introductory presentation, we will chart the movement in Holden’s receptivity to touch as he seeks the apt temperature of intimacy between the extreme poles of ice and steam.
The webinar will consist of a 75-minute presentation by Michael Verde, followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. If you’d like to attend but can’t make it on the 19th, register and we’ll send you a link to the recorded webinar. It will be available for 3 days following the live webinar, and will be accessible to everyone who registers in advance.
We are suggesting a donation of $5 for the webinar, but please feel free to adjust the amount to whatever you like. The donation is entirely optional, so if you don’t wish to donate at this time, just enter 0 in the space below and come enjoy the webinar! All are welcome.
All donations will go to support Memory Bridge and its mission to end the emotional isolation of people with dementia. Memory Bridge is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible.
Suggested donation: $5.00
Date: August 19, 2020
Start time: 09:00 p.m. EDT
End time: 10:30 p.m. EDT