Thursday, January 28, 2010
JD Salinger: 1919 - 2010.
In the summer of 1999 I had just graduated high school, and I was on a road-trip with my friend Devon. At some point (July?) we were staying with someone he knew in Montana (June?) who happened to have a copy of CATCHER IN THE RYE sitting somewhere that caught my eye, and I remember staying there reading it while everyone else left to go do something. I liked it a great deal at the time, and I'm very glad to have gotten a hold of it then because I think 18 is probably right around the end of when it can be fully appreciated.
When Norman Mailer said "Salinger was the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school" he was insulting him for having an adolescent sensibility and a slim range, but it was also a compliment, however backhanded. Mailer recognized that Salinger perfectly captured something very particular: the spirit and feelings of youth.
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