I’ve never read anything by J.D. Salinger, who died today. But I love his quote …

“I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetary. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.”

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  1. Jeff – how about this one from Holden Caufield (or Salinger himself)?

    “What really knocks me out is a book, when you’re all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.”

  2. Sallinger has about four books (including CitR) and they’re all very, very good to excellent.

    Some of them are collections of short stories and others are a bit longer. But they won’t take you long to read and I promise that you’ll enjoy them.

    I’d probably start with “The Catcher in the Rye” and then get either “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”, Franny and Zooey” or “Seymour”.

    I went through a bit of Salinger spell about ten years ago and buzzed through the collection in about a month or so. I was glad that I did because they’re awesome books.

    But at the same time I was a bit bummed out because a. I would never write that well and b. there wasn’t anything left by him to read.

    You’re really missing out, Jeff.

  3. A published author born in the 1960’s – 1970’s has not read a book by J.D. Salinger? How does that happen outside of a an author of technical books? Very Bizarre. To qualify, I’m a fan and enjoyed Boys will be Boys, Bonds on Bonds, and just finished the Rocket book.

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