J. D. Salinger has also died

I guess it’s not a very good week to be an aging intellectual and social critic. One day after the passing of Howard Zinn comes the news that J. D. Salinger, the reclusive author of The Catcher in the Rye and various notable short stories, died in his home today. He was ninety-one years old and is survived by his son, who reported his passing to the world.

There’s already a great deal about this on the web, and I suppose that’s a testament in itself to the number of journalists, writers and bloggers who were inspired by Salinger’s work. It sort of makes me wish I had more to contribute to the conversation than my initial reaction, a flippant remark, and this unbelievable train wreck.

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2 Responses to “J. D. Salinger has also died”

  1. Peter Lynn says:

    You might have more to contribute to the conversation if I hadn’t lifted your best joke.

  2. Matt says:

    It’s more accurate to say you ran with it.