Thursday, January 01, 2015
Happy Birthday, You Old Recluse
Salinger's rejection of attention became as well known as "The Catcher in the Rye," which is pretty darned well known. People came to disdain him for his disdain of everyone else. Folks never appreciate a hermit.
I have a feeling he wasn't a bad guy. He was, after all, at one point considering becoming a special education teacher. That's a telling detail.
But sensitivity can make people behave strangely, and to be misunderstood. This is a good lesson to remember.
Anyway, should you like to read more about Salinger (his father was a kosher cheesemonger), you can start here.