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What does Holden mean when he says that his brother D.B. is out in Hollywood being a...

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jeje1989 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 22, 2010 at 11:52 PM via web

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What does Holden mean when he says that his brother D.B. is out in Hollywood being a prostitute?

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Wiggin42 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted April 17, 2014 at 1:47 AM (Answer #2)

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DB is Holden's brother who started out as a small writer and became a Hollywood screenplay writer. Holden says his brother "sold out" to Hollywood. He felt that his brother's stories were better before he sold them to Hollywood. Holden is the ultimate hipster in this scenario and that's why he calls him a prostitute. 

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 23, 2010 at 1:05 AM (Answer #1)

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It means that his brother is out there being a sellout. According to Holden, the entire world, especially people who love appareances, looks, and the superficial (namely, the Hollywood society) are phony, fake, and Holden hates them. At first he was a huge fan of his brother for his writing ability. Holden held that quite dear. When the brother got a chance to make movies Holden felt that he was just being a sell out and a fake like the rest.

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