63 Years in the making
We begin with the death of John Lennon and connect it back to communist leader Vladimir Lenin. Along the way, we meet some of the 20th century’s greatest figures. Witness how their stories hinge on the past – and influence the future.SUBSCRIBE NOW
After shooting rock star John Lennon in front of the Dakota Building in Manhattan on December 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman remained at the crime scene reading his favorite book, The Catcher in the Rye, until police arrived. Chapman identified powerfully with Holden Caulfield, the novel's alienated protagonist. In the episode we explore Chapman's motivations and their grounding in Catcher. We ask the question: What makes someone kill their own hero in cold blood?
If The Catcher in the Rye resonates with people in dark places like Mark David Chapman, then it may be because the novel, and its author, passed through hell itself on the way to publication. In this episode we ask: How did D-Day and heartbreak influence The Catcher in the Rye?
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