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J.D. Salinger's legal battle to halt publication of 60 Years Later: Coming through the Rye, an unauthorized sequel to The Catcher in the Rye, has received a lot of attention. I was amazed to see Salinger and related search terms listed in Google's hot trends yesterday, along with the usual pop culture chaff: Kate Gosselin in bikini, Kathy Griffin and the latest reality TV finale. For more readings:

-- Read the lawsuit at The Smoking Gun. -- The publisher of 60 Years Later, Fredrik Colting, told Swedish newspaper the Local that the Salinger challenge was "completely ludicrous." He admitted that 60 Years Later is "written in Salinger's style", but said "words and imagination belong to everyone. You can't copyright a style. Otherwise, we wouldn't have any books left."

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-- Susan Weissman, On Huffington Post, says the "sequel" will ruin memories: "I don't want to think, let alone read, about Holden Caulfield aging in a senior home any more than I want to consider where or who Mr. Hubner is right now. Whether J.D. California wrote his sequel, 60 Years Later: Coming Through The Rye as a tribute or for personal gain, isn't my question. Rather, why would a writer want to mar the once perfect love of any true readers?"

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