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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    Belbo

    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.

    tiki god

    1 – I had no clue this guy was still alive

    2 – catcher in the rye was utter shit.

    ack

    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.

    Belbo

    It’s a good book. Really it is. Sometimes you just want to throw the goddam book in the trash, but it’s good. I mean it’s a good book.

    The Matrix: Rebooted

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

    Macol

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

    mld

    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.

    peatpunk

    anyone that likes this book is a phony

    WistfulD

    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… Read more »

    QuantumStorm

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