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Friday, January 29, 2010

RIP JD Salinger 1919-2000

Author JD Salinger dies at age 91
LATEST: Reclusive US author JD Salinger, who wrote the American post-war literary classic The Catcher in the Rye, has died of natural causes aged 91.

What a sad, sad goodbye to one of the unique voices of the late 20th century who encapsulated all the loathing for the late 20th century so brilliantly. Salinger dying today and Zinn yesterday, it is a dreadful week for literature and human rights


At 29/1/10 3:01 pm, Blogger XChequer said...

Well said, Bomber.

I remember being given Catcher in the Rye to read at school and thinking like every other kid "Awww crap, why do I have to read this old shit!"

I still have that same copy (Sorry school) in my collection - yellowed with age, taped up to hold the pages in and dog-eared with continued use.


At 29/1/10 4:59 pm, Blogger snigie said...

I really enjoyed that book, were losing people like him fast and we need them more than ever in this day and age as people are getting more sheepish

At 30/1/10 10:02 am, Anonymous John B said...

Although he was a great writer (which teenage boy didn't think THEY were Holden Caulfield after reading Catcher?)his death isn't depriving us of much Snigie, as for the last 40 years he didn't publish a thing. He completely lost faith in the reader and wrote for himself in total seclusion. The big question is whether this stuff he wrote for himself will ever see the light of day...

At 30/1/10 5:49 pm, Blogger peterquixote said...

then there was jack kerouac, norman mailer, tom wolfe,


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