I was thinking about J.D. Salinger today. His book Raise High the Roofbeams and Seymour an Introduction is one of my most favorites. I can’t even tell you how many times that I have read it, or how many copies I own. I like to give them out to people, especially people who have only read The Catcher in the Rye.
Anyhow, I was wondering, what the hell happened to J.D. Salinger and that book he was supposed to be releasing a few years ago? I remember pre-ordering it from Amazon.com and that sad feeling when I checked my cart and the order had a note attached stating that the work was no longer slated for publication. The New York Times has a December 30, 2008 article here on Mr. Salinger. The short answer is that he is still the most famous recluse in America.
Happy belated Birthday Mr. Salinger!