Holden: Why We Still Need Him

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In a recent interview in the New York Times Book Review, George Will was asked to name an overrated book. He answered, “The Catcher in the Rye, which, like Holden Caulfield, should have been strangled in the cradle. Just what the world does not need: another sullen adolescent.”

Over the years, Catcher has had its detractors. A 2009 Times story suggested that the book might be dated. One English teacher…