I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

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.

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  

J D Salinger – Solitude Sanity Syndrome

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.

 
I'm sick of not having the courage
to be an absolute nobody.
 

They do compliment the myth. Catcher in the rye is all about trying to make some human contact, some kind of connection. The antihero Holden is always trying to reach out, trying to call people, set meetings, anything. And every time it ends in disappointment, disappointment from people's character and weaknesses, disappointment from romantic prospects, disappointment from himself for not being social enough to overlook the nauseating nature of people.

 
All morons hate it when you call them a moron.
 

And people ask themselves why he is a recluse...

 

Anyway, I keep picturing all these little kids playing some game in this big field of rye and all. Thousands of little kids and nobody's around — nobody big, I mean — except me. And I'm standing on the edge of some crazy cliff.

What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff — I mean if they're running and they don't look where they're going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That's all I'd do all day.

I'd just be the catcher in the rye, and all. I know it's crazy, but that's the only thing I'd really like to be. I know it's crazy."

 

I liked Salinger when I was younger, as he is a great storyteller but I never really identified with his ideas or even his style. He was a bit too American for me, and yet not American enough if it makes sense…he thinks European angst in an American shallow environment which created a small cognitive dissonance whenever I read his work. I think I actually preferred fanny and Zoë over the catcher, for that reason alone.

 
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish 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."
 

I read the catcher twice. Once when I was around thirteen and I was in a bookworm feeding frenzy reading anything I could lay my hands on, and then when I was seventeen and it was cool to read catcher in the rye. I guess I will never be neither cool nor a CIA secret assassin.

What did impress me was the way he maneuvered his leading actors in time and space in an effortless style as if playing chess with their lives. (A little like Kurt Vonnegut used to do , but Kurt was not playing chess, he was playing some multidimensional game he invented and only he knew the rules)

 

Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession.
It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It's never been anything but your religion.

 
He was indeed a master story teller. But no need to shoot anyone over that. Really.
lets just be patient and wait for his next books to come out. He can't live forever.
 

There is a marvelous peace in not publishing. ... It's peaceful. Still. Publishing is a terrible invasion of my privacy.

I like to write. I live to write. But I write just for myself and my own pleasure. ... I don't necessarily intend to publish posthumously, but I do like to write for myself. .."