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28 January 2010

J.D.--last of my heroes


Well, I'm sad. Yeah, like...definitely. Speechless. Well, nearly speechless.
J.D. Salinger, brilliant man, writer, superhero, slayer of dragons, all around terrific human--
died today.

I know I didn't know him personally, and Holden hated phonies--
so I'll stress how sincere I am.

Like, he was brilliant. He said many times he liked seeing "movies"--
Not "films"-- "movies."

His favorite was The 39 Steps. Which made me grin to no end when I found out. How terrific is that?

Catcher in the Rye was (and I doubt I'm alone in this) the book that made me want to be a writer. The book that made me realize-- casual writing can be good too-- often has even more truth than other work.

But really, he will be missed. RIP J.D. You were too cool.

5 comments:

Artman2112 said...

its always tough when we find out our heroes are mortal like the rest of us, we tend to not think of them that way :(

Ash, The Movie Geek said...

The 39 Steps his favorite movie?
Yeah, sure.
What a phony! ;)

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Lolita said...

The day I found out that he had died was the same day I discussed Salinger with a friend who was just reading the last pages of Catcher in the Rye. He didn't know either. Quite the coincidence.

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