Re: TB (was Re: an article on Holden in the NY'er magazine)

Subject: Re: TB (was Re: an article on Holden in the NY'er magazine)
From: Paul Miller (
Date: Wed Sep 26 2001 - 21:40:19 GMT

 Thanks Suzanne, you can see I'm due for another reading. Now I only have
one caveat about Menand's article, that being the Franny is pregnant

OK this just doesn't make any sense. If he has gone in for fear that he has
>TB how is it that the brutality of the world gave him TB? Where does Holden
>say he is in a sanatorium because of TB? The text just doesn't support
>Menand's conclusion here.

page 5:
"I'm quite a heavy smoker, for one thing--that is, I used to be. They made
me cut it out. Another thing, I grew six and a half inches last year.
That's also how I practically got t.b. and came out here for all these
goddam checkups and stuff."

He also had spent a lot of time outside during the madman days, some of the
time soaking wet at night, and he didn't get much sleep at all.

Suzanne, leaving this silver bullet and riding off into the sunset.

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