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28 January 2010

JD Salinger, RIP


Ray Kinsella: Don't you miss being involved?

Terence Mann: I was the East Coast distributor of "involved." I ate it, drank it, and breathed it... Then they killed Martin, Bobby, and they elected Tricky Dick twice, and people like you must think I'm miserable because I'm not involved anymore. Well, I've got news for you. I spent all my misery years ago. I have no more pain for anything. I gave at the office.

2 comments:

wayhip said...

I just responded on another blog that was asking for people's "top 5 most challenging, convicting, mind-bending, face-melting books of all time" (The Bible was exempted). My list was as follows...

“The Wounded Healer” by Henri Nouwen
“The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown
“The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“A Treasury of the World’s Great Speeches” Houston Peterson, ed.

I think "Catcher" taught me more about human nature, teen angst, depression, hopes and dreams and a world of other things more than just about any book I've read. While I can't say I'll miss Salinger (since he was pretty much a hermit anyway) I can certainly say I've appreciated his voice and how it spoke to my own life.

mtjofmcap said...

Read "The Cost of Discipleship" and will likely read it several times again before I'm done with my time here on earth.

I've read Nouewen before, but not that particular offering, I'll need to check it out.

And I'm taking an interesting in reading Salinger again. I think it will bear more of an influence on my thought now that I'm not a high schooler reading it....

As for the other two ... I'll add them to my list...