Late Show with David Letterman writer and George W. Bush: An Unauthorized Oral History author Tom Ruprecht will publish This Would Drive Him Crazy: A Phony Oral History of J.D. Salinger as a humorous Kindle Single in August.
The parody book will explore imaginary excerpts from the author’s unpublished work, taking a decidedly silly look at Salinger’s life. Here’s more from the release:
This Would Drive Him Crazy reveals shocking secrets about the notoriously reclusive Salinger, from his painful breakup with Taylor Swift to his failed attempt at turning Franny and Zooey into a “Laverne & Shirley”-type sitcom. Ruprecht pulled off a daring Oceans 11-style heist to bust open the safe in Salinger’s house and as a result you’ll be treated to excerpts from J.D.’s diaries, letters and unpublished novels (including the 1985 sequel to The Catcher in the Rye that finds Holden working as a lobbyist for Big Oil).This Would Drive Him Crazy chronicles Salinger’s fascinating encounters with some of the most recognizable figures of our time, including The Beatles, George W. Bush, Pamela Anderson, Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson’s baboon.
Another Salinger parody ended up in court a few years ago. Back in 2009, Fredrik Colting lost his court battle to publish 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye. In court, the book was called a parody and a follow-up to Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye.
(Ruprecht photo via Twitter)