“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 cemetery. 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.”
~ JD Salinger
The world lost a writer yesterday. He penned one of my first favorite characters. JD Salinger died at age 91. He was a loner, like me. He spent his life avoiding the limelight rather than seeking it. Although he continued to write daily for himself, he had nothing published since 1965. No one knows what has been left behind or if it will ever be released.
Last year, a judge stopped the publication of an unauthorized sequel to “The Catcher in the Rye” entitled “60 Years Later” by Swedish author Fredrik Colting. JD Salinger responded to the Boston Globe, commenting: “There’s no more to Holden Caulfield. Read the book again. It’s all there. Holden Caulfield is only a frozen moment in time.”
That is the essence of all good writing – capturing frozen moments and allowing others an intimate look.
Would you want to see Holden at 60? I wouldn’t. It would be as disappointing as attending a High School Reunion. Besides, the point of Catcher in the Rye is a sixteen year old’s angst with themes of alienation and rebellion demonstrated to his last and my favorite line in the book: “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
I have many books near and dear to my heart lined up waiting for me to pick them up again and again. They include Twain, Hemingway, Salinger, O’Connor, Shakespeare, Tolkien, Joyce, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Thoreau; to name a few. I will never be a Kindle kinda gal. I love the smell of leather, holding onto something, turning pages. The beautiful BOOK sign was hand painted by the very talented, fellow blogger, Susie Harris. Stop by her Etsy shop and see which one of her creations would compliment your decor.
Who are your favorite authors? Who are your favorite characters and/or lines?