J. D. Salinger

A former student informed me today between 8th and 9th period that J.D. Salinger died yesterday. I obviously didn’t know him, and know very little about him. But I honestly feel very sad about his passing. I feel like with each of the great writers who dies, we’re losing a little bit of connection to what makes us who we are.

You can go here to read several of his short stories.

The Catcher in the Rye has been one of my favorite books since I read it in high school, and I know many of my students love it, too. This year’s sophomores are scheduled to start reading it in a few weeks. It will be strange to no longer tell you that “the next book we’re reading together is by an author who is actually still alive.”

I don’t know what else to say.


2 Responses

  1. He was one of my favorite authors. First Vonnegut, now Salinger. The Catcher in the Rye influenced how to treat my adolescent years so much. I own both Franny & Zooey and The Catcher in the Rye, and I will surely be reading them over again for the next few days. I always wondered if he would agree to an interview in these years, but his work just says it all.

  2. The John Stewart Show did a segment a few weeks ago in which John Oliver was supposedly starting his own show and had secured Salinger as a guest. I knew they were joking, but was so excited that for a few seconds I almost fell for it. Ha ha.

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