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R.I.P. J.D. Salinger

January 28, 2010

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  1. January 29, 2010 2:21 pm

    Since no one else has commented on this post, I figure I can get maximum impact here when I say how much I dig the new header. I think you might have inspired me to pay a graphic designer or someone to do one for myself.

    • January 29, 2010 3:06 pm

      Hahaha, well played. Yeah, I fully recommend doing so, makes for a cool signature of sorts for the site. Shouldn’t cost you much either and the process is a lot of fun. If you do it, make sure you get the measurements right as my banner got cut off a bit at the bottom because apparently pixels & inches don’t translate perfectly. Just a heads up, but whatever, I still dig the banner a ton as is. Thanks for the compliment, man.

      Oh, and J.D. Salinger was the man. “For Esme, with Love and Squalor” is one of the best things I’ve ever read.

      • January 30, 2010 3:07 pm

        Agreed. “The Catcher in the Rye” is easily one of the best books I have read in school, and Holden Caulfield is probably one of my favorite literary characters ever.

        Is it awful that I relate to him? It’s not like I’m going to go out and assassinate a President or a singer, but I feel like really creepy people idolize him.

        The two most resonant characters for me from 2009 were Ryan Bingham from “Up in the Air” and Jenny from “An Education.” So maybe it’s just where I am in life.

      • January 30, 2010 6:52 pm

        Dude, I’m 23 and I still haven’t found a literary character I relate to more on a daily basis than Holden. Phonies, man. Fuckin’ phonies everywhere. Nothing to feel weird about, Holden was the man, simple as that. Salinger really had it figured out.

        Go read some of his other stuff if you haven’t already, no one captured the voice of youth and angst as perfect as he did. I heard a while back that he wrote a ton of stuff that was supposed to be published post-mortem, hopefully we’ll get to see some of that sooner than later. Major loss all the same.

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