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

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish 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. That doesn’t happen much, though.” — Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye

Updated to add the obligatory Onion link: Bunch of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger. Pullquote:

“He had a real impact on the literary world and on millions of readers,” said hot-shot English professor David Clarke, who is just like the rest of them, and even works at one of those crumby schools that rich people send their kids to so they don’t have to look at them for four years.

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

  1. Weeks ago my niece A., her mother Gaoo, and I were at the park in the evening, as the dark came down and the lights went up and the snow stopped falling and everything was frozen and blanketed in ice and cold.

    A. nudged me, nodded toward the pond, and asked “Ducks?” And we both smiled together, thinking of the question Holden Caulfield keeps asking. We’ve never talked about the book, we’ve never read it together, but we both knew the reference, knew the question, and knew that the other would know it, too.

    Thank you, J.D. Salinger, for that moment and for many other moments just like that.

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