Thursday, January 28, 2010
As many of you know by now, J.D. Salinger has died. Do you remember when you first read The Catcher in the Rye? I was in the 7th grade and it sang to me. It shocks me when people say they have never read it, or worse, don't remember!!! How is this possible????????
Maybe there are two types of people in the world, people who get Holden Caulfield (identify with the character- not in a Mark David Chapman way), and people who just don't get it. If you don't get it, if this book didn't mean anything to you, particularly as a young person, then we are probably not compatible. If, by some cosmic misfortune, you have never read it, I implore you to do so.
Salinger's other works, though few, are absolutely worth your time. So, get your ass to the library, bookstore, Amazon, your friend's bookshelf....and procure a copy of The Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, Franny and Zooey, or Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction. I bet you will not regret it. You should read more anyways.
I could go on and tell you more about his reclusive life, but you can read that elsewhere. J.D. Salinger, thank you sir. Goodnight.
(as I was writing this post, RJ said, "What? J.D. Salinger was a man? I always thought J.D. was a woman." People, this is why you should read more.)