Jan. 28th, 2010

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You'd think that the fact that J.D. Salinger was 91 would have lessened most of the sadness at the notice of his passing. Sadly, that's not the case, and i feel more affected by it than i should. I suppose that part of the fact I am so affected by it is because Salinger's work (particularly the stories about Seymour Glass) reminds me of Paul, since it was Paul who told me to read his work at 14, and we'd have long discussions on the meaning of and our feelings on his work.

"A Perfect Day for Bananafish" has always had a profoundly deep part of my heart. "Down at the Dinghy" was a later favorite from "Nine Stories" as well.

My only hope is that he has mountains of manuscripts lying around and if his equally reclusive wife doesn't publish them, they will be found and published after her death.

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