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J.D. Salinger (1919-2010)

Very sad day. One of my literary heroes, J.D. Salinger has passed away at the age of 91.

As an awkward 13 year old boy, I gravitated towards his novel “Catcher in the Rye” and it became the book I would read over and over to this day. “Catcher” is the story of a young man who is seemingly at odds with the world. It’s part coming of age, part teenage angst and part statement on society in general. It is a true masterpiece.

Salinger spent the latter part of his life in seclusion and shunned every attempt at media or public interaction. He wanted very much to be left alone and for the most part, people respected his wishes. For his entire life, Salinger was very protective of the “Catcher in the Rye” legacy and refuse to allow it to be used in film, television or any capacity other than how he intended it.

I will again pick up my copy of “Catcher” tonight and read it. The copy was printed in 1962 and it looks and feels like the classic it is. Tonight though, it will have an even more special meaning to me.

Rest in Peace, sir.

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”