J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010

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.


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2 responses to “J.D. Salinger, 1919-2010

  1. I heard an anecdote once, that Salinger idolized Hemingway until meeting him during the second world war. Apparently “Papa” was shooting the heads of chickens. This so sickened Salinger that he swore off Hemingway forever. I don’t know if that really happened, but it certainly sounds like our man, doesn’t it? He’s been missed for a number of decades, but never more than now.


  2. Perhaps Salinger thought the particular ‘phone’ people were trying to reach him with—pop cultural obsession—was itself the epitome of what Holden meant by ‘phony.’ After all, it puts one on the same footing as the theory of (not so) intelligent design, and the Chia Pet.

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