J.D. Salinger—creator of Holden Caufield, enigmatic writer, and noted recluse—died this morning at his home in Cornish, NH, the AP reports. The author of Catcher in the Rye, Nine Stories, and Franny and Zooey was 91. Salinger moved to Cornish in 1953 and rarely stirred thence, shunning interviews, publishing intermittently, and issuing no shortage of lawsuits in the direction of anyone who threatened to muck with his legacy.
….Will we now get reams of previously unpublished Salinger novels?….”Unless he burned them,” J.L. Fischer says…..Charles McGrath on Salinger’s “slender but enormously influential body of work“…..Cherkis anticipates “purple prose and pop-psych analysis” from “graying white dudes”…..back-to-back NYT reviews of Catcher from July, 1951…the red pen/blue pen system….world record shattered for contiguous use of adjectives “elusive, reclusive, enigmatic”; apologies all around….Jesse Kornbluth says, forget Catcher; read the Glass stories; the Houston Press, more or less, agrees….where’s the New Yorker on this thing?….OH, that’s where—the mag has officially made all his stories viewable for free…..from the extensive annals of Salinger conspiracy theories: were Pynchon and Salinger one and the same? No. No they weren’t….Chris Wilson on Salinger’s “best story“…..Time Magazine compares Salinger to Sappho, dubs him “the hermit crab of American letters“….Galleycat collects Salinger criticism from Updike, Yardley, et al…..AP posts video obit….John Hodgman says, “I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive”….former CP staffer Mike Riggs publishes GQ post on visiting Salinger’s house; telling excerpt: “The tension was so palpable that Brian and Matt broke out the weed and we smoked another joint to steady our nerves….”