Friday, February 24, 2006

One for Jerome David

"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."

: Holden Caulfied, The Catcher in the Rye
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Well... you see there are writers, there are legends and there are Gods. Then of course, there is JD Salinger!! Here's a tribute to the man who's surpassed everyone else in my mind.
10 Reasons why ol' JD Salinger rocks!!
  1. By birth a half-jew and irish-catholic! Talk about starting out different.
  2. He was hailed as - "the worst English student in the history of the College", by one of his professors at Ursinus University, Pennsylvania
  3. When not busy writing stories that wrenched your gut and soul... he packed his bags (and rifle) and went to off for combat-service with the 4th Infantry Division during WW-II.
  4. Consequently, was hospitalised and suffered post-combat stress! A true manly disorder if there ever was one.
  5. For writing - For Esme with Love & Squalor
  6. His compilation - 9 stories. The best short-story collection ever written!! A complete mind-bending experience even on the zillionth read!!
  7. Just as when ol' JD was being hailed as a cult icon and all that related bullshit - he decided, that he did not want any of it. He walked down one fine day to Cornish & has remained a recluse ever since - that is for the last 50 years now!
  8. "A writer's feelings of anonymity-obscurity are the second most valuable property on loan to him" ... ... He never got his work published again (the last being in 1965).
  9. He drinks his own pee, enslaved his wife & believes in advaita vedantism (sound familiar... try Hindutva bastards??) - according to his dumbass daughter. Obviously too shallow and air-headed to ever be taken seriously herself, she did what she could have done best as ol' JD's kid. She wrote about her father. OOH- how original!! The picture (posted here - btw, isnt he the most dashing person ever??) is very symbolic i guess!!
  10. For never selling out!! He has never leased out movie rights for any of his works (not that i can see how anyone can ever film Catcher in the Rye). The one occasion when one of his works was used as an indirect "inspiration" for a film - he is said to have absolutely "detested" the end-product!!

PS... Freaky-Chakra Trivia #1 - The name of this blog (Just before the war with the Eskimos), is borrowed from a Salinger story of the same name!

Freaky-Chakra Trivia #2 - Much of the source of this post has been taken from Wikipedia. I for example, didnt know about pts no... 1,2 and 9,10.