I read the story of his death in today's Boston Herald and realized I knew very little about the man, though his reclusiveness was legendary.
It was "Catcher in the Rye" that I equated with his name--and though I was a poor kid from a small town in the L.A. suburbs, Holden Caulfield utterly fascinated me not only in high school, but all the years that have followed. I wonder why?
I don't re-read books very often, but for some reason, I read Catcher every few years--and it seems new every time. And it evokes all kinds of new emotions in me. I read it again last year.
So, God speed J.D. Salinger. Thanks for my favorite book.