JD Salinger | 1919 - 2010

JD Salinger - author of that ‘unusually brilliant first novel’ has died, aged 91.

Salinger, best known for Catcher in the Rye and its protagonist Holden Caufield, has avoided media attention and shied away from publicity. The mystery around its author and the dejected and morose Caufield have made Catcher a right of passage for generations of teenagers.

I was half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they’re not much to look at, or even if they’re sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can.

Guardian Obituary is here.

UPDATE: I’ll be on Sean Moncrieff’s Newstalk show later today (2.30) talking about Salinger and Catcher’s influence.

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  • I think John Hodgman wins this round: http://twitter.com/hodgman/status/8333444700

    Comment | January 29, 2010
  • I was bettered.

    (Though I’ll claim a close second with my suggestion that Moncrieff uses Urine Therapy.)

    Comment | January 29, 2010

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