Thursday, January 28, 2010

R.I.P J.D. Salinger...

" I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can." ~ The Catcher in the Rye

J.D Salinger died today at the age of 91. Like pretty much every kid in high school, I remember loving reading The Catcher in the Rye because it was the only book we read that was fantastically well written and about something, and someone, we could understand. Holden Caufield represented the frustrations, isolation and impulses we all felt as teenagers. And he was cool.

“An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s.”

J.D. Salinger, 1919 - 2010.

1 comment:

  1. "Catcher In The Rye" was the first novel that really, truly, inspired me. I had read and enjoyed books before, but when confronted with Holden's first-person narrative, I knew that I had to pursue writing myself. May you rest in peace J.D. Salinger, you were a fantastic and wonderful man.