Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I interrupt this series on a world that is not working very well to commemorate J.D. Salinger who died last week at age 91.

His "Catcher in the Rye" book was required reading in the 50's in College. Who among us didn't identify with Holden Caulfield- an inhibited,insecure, introvert, alienated by what he viewed as a hostile and overwhelming world. Think of how he would feel today,relative to yesterday's blog or today's news!

I never realized that J.D. was himself an inhibited introvert who stopped publishing in 1965 and remained a relative recluse.

None-the-less, for those of us he captivated by his few books and articles-- because they described us-- his contributions were nothing less than special. In some ways, he reassured us that our insecurities were OK and appropriate and thereby normal for our times. He was our therapist at a time when we didn't have one.

I salute him and thank him and wish him safe passage. He made a difference. That is all one needs to do to deserve tribute.

Bye For Now,


1 comment:

  1. Reading his material with your perspective in mind will be interesting, I'll pick up Catcher in the Rye ane enjoy reading it again.