If you know me, you know that I’m not great at remembering birthdays. I’m more of a “celebrate life every day” type of gal. Thanks to Facebook I get notifications – as long as I sign on (not a given.) I’m also not good at celebrity birthdays. However, I received an e-mail of literary birthdays, and I learned that JD Salinger’s birthday was January 1! A New Year’s baby! And so, I must wish him a belated birthday, because as you know, I adore his writing. (The man himself was quite disturbing, but we must separate the artist from the art.)
In tribute, I offer a post from my previous blog featuring ‘ole JD:
I would recommend watching the documentary Salinger to learn more about Salinger’s life (it’s where I learned that he insisted on enlisting for WWI, even though they didn’t want him for some physical reason, and on D-Day he carried pages of is work inside his uniform’s jacket. He said he needed it to stay alive. It was The Catcher in the Rye.)
I love so much about The Catcher in the Rye. But I most love the relationship with his brother, Allie:
“My brother Allie had this left-handed fielder’s mitt. he was left handed. The thing that was descriptive about it though, was that he had poems written all over the fingers and the pocket and everywhere. In green ink. He wrote them on it so that he’d have something to read when he was in the field and nobody was up to bat. He’s dead now.”
This relationship was one of the inspirations for The Girl Next Door, and I dedicated the book to Holden and Allie.
I hope you experience some JD, because his writing will change your life.
Bye for now.