Welcome to The Morning Read.
Any time I take a break from The Morning Read, jumping back into it feels intimidating until I actually do it. These are probably the most labor-intensive columns I put together for the site. It probably doesn't help that I had weekend plans with Rip Torn that got a little complicated, and I haven't heard back from him. I guess I need the distraction, so let's jump right in.
Mike Fleming was the first to reveal the existence of Shane Salerno's mysterious documentary about J.D. Salinger, a passion project that's been underway for years now, and I'm curious to see if the rumored missing five minutes actually turn out to be an appearance by the author, or if this is going to be another hype moment like Morgan Spurlock's ultimately empty Osama documentary.
And speaking of documentaries, Karen Schmeer's work as an editor was tremendous, and her reputation among filmmakers was amazing. This weekend, Errol Morris broke the shocking news that she had been killed by a car that was speeding away from a robbery. That's the sort of death that will never make sense to anyone who knew her, and all they can ever hope to do is remember her work and her spirit, much like Shawn Levy did in his moving tribute to her.