J.D. Salinger, best known as the reclusive writer of 'The Catcher In The Rye' and being one of my favorite authors, has passed away at 91. I took the liberty of including some of my favorite quotes from Catcher here, but I highly highly HIGHLY encourage you all to take the time and read 'Nine Stories' and 'Franny and Zooey' and 'Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction'.
What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
The thing is, it's really hard to be roommates with people if your suitcases are much better than theirs - if yours are really good ones and theirs aren't. You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humor, that they don't give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do. They really do. It's one of the reasons why I roomed with a stupid bastard like Stradlater. At least his suitcases were as good as mine.
If a girl looks swell when she meets you, who gives a damn if she's late? Nobody.
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.
Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.
I had heard that Salinger had allegedly been stockpiling and saving work to be published posthumously, so we can only hope that's the case. Rest in peace, J.D.
'Catcher in the Rye' author J.D. Salinger dies [yahoonews]