Thursday, January 28, 2010

Goodbye, Holden...

"I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I do all day."

- J.D. Salinger (1919 - 2010)


  1. I can't believe he's dead. Hopefully, this means his estate will finally publish all the material he's rumored to have been stockpiling until his death. That is, if he in fact wrote anything.

    I have fond memories of the first time I read THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and it spoke to me in such a personal way. Every once in a while, I take it out and read it or some of his fantastic short stories.

  2. Hey J.D.

    Yeah...I read the news Salinger had passed and felt a weird sadness.

    The Catcher in the Rye is such a universal part of modern American youth -- I still remember the first time I read it. Sounds strange, but as a kid (around 13 or so...) I found the book both terrifying and tantalizing.

    I think Salinger always felt he couldn't live up to that electric shock of CATCHER, but I would be very interested in reading literally a lifetime of work from this author.

    Anyway, a sad day; but also an opportunity to remember. We've all read Catcher in the Rye; and it's impacted everyone...