I wander if Salinger would have become such a legend if he wasn’t a recluse .I would hate to say it but I think it has a huge part of who people think he is, and it is such a common knowledge part of literature that it overshadows his work. Which is , well, not sad, but a bit disappointing. That's how the market goes. You show too much you become redundant, you hide enough? You become precious.
His books are great, but not "kill president then kill yourself" great. At least I don’t see them that way. And I did have some spicy Manchurian style mushroom noodles in Beijing once, although I am not a candidate for anything.