J.D. Salinger R.I.P.

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“D.B. asked me what I thought about all this stuff I just finished telling you about. I didn’t know what the hell to say. If you want to know the truth, I don’t know what I think about it. I’m sorry I told so many people about it. About all I know is, I sort of miss everybody I told about. Even old Stradlater and Ackley, for instance. I think I even miss that goddam Maurice. It’s funny. Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” —Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 26

Catcher was published in 1951, and continues to sell tens of thousands of copies a year. Its American author Jerome David Salinger died Wednesday at the age of 91. The New York Times has a great obit here.