R.I.P J.D. Salinger

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J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, died on January 28, 2009. He was 91.

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    12 Responses to R.I.P J.D. Salinger

    1. I was sad when they told me that goddam writer died. Really I was. He wasn’t a phony. I mean, he wasn’t a phony.


    2. 1 – I had no clue this guy was still alive

      2 – catcher in the rye was utter shit.


      • I’m with you on both points.

        Catcher in the Rye… bought a copy at an airport once. Read it halfway through. Got off the plane and dropped it in the trash.

        6-7 years later I downloaded a copy and finished reading it.

        It is not a classic. It is indeed utter shit.


    3. The Onion has the best tribute. Also Nine Stories > Catcher in the Rye.


    4. Careful, he may sue you from beyond the grave for showing his face here.


    5. He lived a couple of towns over from here. The locals there had a fine old time sending random English Majors off into the sticks when they came poking around. how far out they got sent depended on their attitude.


    6. anyone that likes this book is a phony


    7. Look, the guy was controversial back when your parents were strutting about junior high school and trying to pretend all their pubes had grown in. He wrote a book that was massively, massively, massively controversial at the time. It was the first book to acknowledge that teens are insecure, horny, and deluded. Holden Caulfield was the quintessential everyman for the teenage set when it was verboten to acknowledge that being a teenager had some emotional baggage and angst associated with it (baggage being a metaphor within the story). By today’s standards it is pretty tame, but when it came out it was absolutely a precision guided missile targeting the fact that the emperor (the massive conformity of the time) had no clothes.

      When I first read Catcher in the Rye, I thought that it was utter crap. Holden was a whinny asshole who wanted to pawn off any and all responsibility for his actions on others because he was clearly the victim, wah wah wah. I wanted to shout, “Grow Up!” to him (especially when John Lennon died because a psychopath read Catcher in the Rye). But… as I have matured, I have realized the Holden Caulfield in all of us. The creature that sytematically craves the validation of society while at the same time trying to break free of society’s limitation of one’s choices. While they are a walking joke to everyone who isn’t part of the movement/fashion, I understand how goths and emos come to be. People love feeling like a victim.

      Holden Caulfield is you, he is me. He is seeking your approval, yet wanting to curse you down as “the man.” He wants validation, yet denies the validater their authority to give anyone validation. He is the confused and inconsistent voice of puberty and the road to adulthood. He is the single greatest examplar of indecision since Hamlet.


    8. Catcher in the Rye is probably the most overrated book to come out in the past several hundred years. Its just fucking retarded.


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