The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

J.D. Salinger Dies at 91


Well...you can't hide away forever.

Read the New York Times obituary here.

14 comments :

Tom Sutpen said...

I've always know what my first thought would be when hearing that he had passed:

When do the posthumous publications begin . . . and what will they be?

And . . . I was right. It's the first thing that occurred to me.

swac said...

I thought the same thing, and then I thought, "Oh great, now that Salinger is out of the way some idiot is finally going to try and make a movie out of Catcher in the Rye."

Fred said...

Swac, that was my second thought.

Tom Sutpen said...

Here's a Damocles sword we can all dread:

Michael Cera as Holden Caulfield

. . . and you know it could happen

It'll be a complete waste of time, no matter who makes it, since there's already been an effective adaptation of Catcher in the Rye (I'm referring, of course, to Taxi Driver)

marietta said...

Schon sehr früh war ich in Holden Caufield verknallt.die aura von eleganz und lässigkeit,bei allem,was er tat oder wo er war hat mich angezogen,oder sei es nur die tatsache,dass er sich seinen cashmereschal in sein jackett tat.ruhe in frieden D.J.Salinger,du begleitest mich noch heute,oder meinen sohn.

MichaelRyerson said...

I just hate it when some phony guy holding a highball glass and smoking some phony French cigarette stands around talking about stealing some guy's book to make a lousy movie out of.

swac said...

Translation:
Already very early I was left in Holden Caufield slam-slamming those aura of elegance and, with everything that he did or where it has me tightened, or was it only the fact that it do-rested itself its cashmereschal into its jacket in peace D.J.Salinger, you accompanies me this very day, or means son.

MichaelRyerson said...

Thanks for the translation. That clears it right up.

Kreisler said...

Arrested development finally arrested.

marietta said...

Swac,thank you for yours friendly translation.in future i will try to writing in englisch,its easylier vor all.have a nice evening.

fancynotions said...

An artist who knew when to shut up. God bless you and rest in peace, sir.

fancynotions said...

An artist who knew when to shut up. God bless you and rest in peace, sir.

Robert Fiore said...

Christ, I thought the guy would never shut up.

Seriously, I'm going to take the Joe Gould's Secret bet on this one, and say that nothing publishable will be found, though if there is anything that can be published it will be. I'll make another bet: The estate will respect the author's apparent wishes on not selling film rights, at least while his immediate descendants are alive.

Robert Fiore said...

P.S. Bud Cort once did an unabridged reading of Catcher in the Rye, which was broadcast on the Pacifica station KPFK, back when Pacifica radio was literate. I have no idea if it's available in recorded form anywhere. If a movie had been made when he was the proper age, that would have been perfect casting.