Farwell to a Catcher in the Rye

“Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”

The Catcher in the Rye was one of those books that hit me at a perfect time. It made me become more confident as a writer and helped to free some of my more imprisoned thoughts. I wish I could of thanked Mr. Salinger for that. It was a really great gift.

Salinger passed away on Wednesday (1/27/10) at his home in Cornish, N.H. at the ripe age of 91. He was a true writer that never thought of selling out or “profiting” off of his works. He simply saw his creations as good books and that’s it. I hope future authors can emulate that. A true writer does not write for fame, a true writer writes to survive.

In The Catcher in the Rye, Holden talks about his distrust of the “adult world”. He hates “phonies” which he considers as actors and celebrites. The same goes for Franny and Zooey, another of his novels, in which a large theme is Franny’s discontentment of the egocentrical side of acting. She hates how people in her profession are so self absorbed and gives up on acting because of it.

In a world full of “phonies” Salinger was a true writer. His words were true words and his feelings and views were honest. 

Rest in peace J.D. Salinger. Your truly an inspiration.


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