J.D. Salinger, reclusive author of the seminal teen angst novels of the fifties and sixties, The Catcher in the Rye and Frannie and Zoey, has died. Withdrawing from the media craze after his characters and their dialogue embodied the voice of the times, I often forgot he was still around. It’s been so long since I read him in junior high that I had to look up the quotes. His writing was incomparable.
An artist’s only concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else’s. ~J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey
It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll do practically anything you want them to. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 21
You take a look around your college campus, and the world, and politics, and one season of summer stock, and you listen to the conversation of a bunch of nitwit college students, and you decide that everything’s ego, ego, ego, and the only intelligent thing for a girl to do is to lie around and shave her head and say the Jesus prayer and beg God for a little mystical experience that’ll maker her nice and happy. ~J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey