Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger (1919–2010)

J.D. Salinger has died.

Boy, when you’re dead, they really fix you up. I hope to hell when I do die somebody has sense enough to just dump me in the river or something. Anything except sticking me in a goddam cemetery. People coming and putting a bunch of flowers on your stomach on Sunday, and all that crap. Who wants flowers when you're dead? Nobody.

J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (1951)
The New York Times reports that there will be no service.

comments: 2

Anonymous said...

"There will be no service." Bravo, Mr. Salinger. True to the last, no deathbed conversion -- resolute like Thomas Paine. Sorry to hear the news, though.
-- Jim, grassfedart

Elaine said...

ABC News apologized for the (brief and tasteful) obituary... Here's hoping Salinger was happy in his seclusion.