” I read a lot of classical books, like The Return of the Native and all, and I like them, and
I read a lot of war books and mysteries and all, but they don’t knock me out too much.
What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the
author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone
whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951
“I’m up to my ears in unwritten words.”
J.D. Salinger, excerpt from a letter to Jean Miller