“She wasn’t doing a thing that I could see,
except standing there,
leaning on the balcony railing,
holding the universe
— J.D. Salinger, “A Girl I Knew”
“I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you’re dead? Nobody.” –J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
I guess I’ll have to pull this one off the shelf again — and read it yet another time — and always with awe. What a voice. Rest in peace, Mr. Salinger. And thank you.
Some more quotes from the book.
And here’s an obituary worth reading. I’m sure there are many more to come.
UPDATE: Wow, consider this question: What’s In Salinger’s Safe? Has he been writing all along?