What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
How many thousands of American adolescents at one time or another felt that way about J.D. Salinger? A college professor of mine was actually expelled from his high school for bringing a copy of Catcher in the Rye to class, if you can believe it. Too bad Salinger never answered the phone.