The biggest revelation in the new documentary Salinger is that The Catcher in the Rye author was not a recluse. Rather fame averse and a champion of innocence as his signature books show, he simply removed himself to a New Hampshire retreat and wrote more books without a plan for their publication. The second reveal, and more significant for book lovers: over the forty years he retreated from the public, he wrote books in a woodsy bunker, producing manuscripts that will now be published. Are they any good? No one in Salinger could say, but J.D. Salinger’s literary reputation will change, and contrary to the midcentury notion held by many writers--that we should know an author only through the books he wrote-- the Salinger life story unfolds like a thriller. A literary Garbo, Salinger’s presence in absence remains catnip for celebrity culture.