J.D. Salinger

Sad to hear today about the death of J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher in the Rye, a book that was important to me for a long time, and which I still care about a lot.  I’ve taught the book a few times to Year 11 Literature students and it seems to strike a chord with students of that age.

I re-read the book a couple of years ago. It’s aged, but I still liked it, and what it stood for. I liked this book so much that I was inspired to name my first daughter Phoebe, after the skinny, principled sister of protagonist Holden Caulfield. I like the fact that Salinger stuck to his guns and refused interviews, that he didn’t want to be a celebrity. That he didn’t participate in the fame game.  The book speaks for itself.


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