Posted at 5:00 AM Jan 29, 2010By Kiala Kazebee
For the record, I stand firmly in the "I love him and would be thrilled to see a For Esme With Love movie and goddamn it if I don't think there isn't at least one gentle filmmaker out there who could do it justice" camp. I am looking at you JJ Abrams. KIDDING. Sort of.
I don't love the man JD Salinger; I'm not naive. I think he was a crazy, misogynist hermit with a gigantic ego and a somewhat tyrannical nature who was kind of into Scientology, so I understand why his death is a bit more problematic than Zinn's. But MY GOD PEOPLE, he was a fucking excellent writer. I dare you to read Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters and not fall head over heels in love with that awkward, emotional, hilarious and sweaty New York story--laughing and cringing and laughing until you're not laughing or cringing anymore because you're crying. I dare you.
And I find myself a wee bit conflicted about my stance on respectful internetting because for me, funny always trumps appropriateness. This is like an empirical law or a moral imperative for me. (And it is why I disagree with Andrea about the iPad tampon jokes. I think some of them are funny enough that it doesn't matter to me whether or not they're juvenile. Just something to consider.) So when I see a tweet about Salinger like this one from my friend and Escapist blogger Earnest Nex Cavalli, I lauuuughhh:
But when I see posts like this from another friend I am IRRITATED. Sorry Graham.
"OH MY GOD! JB SALMONGINGER IS DEAD YOU GUYS! WHO ARE WE GONNA GET TO CATCH ALL THIS FUCKING RYE NOW?>!??"
"Catcher in the Rye is a mediocre book. Teen agnst (sic) is boring."It's complicated, I guess. I am just as excited as everyone to read the Posthumous Manuscripts of Holden Bananafish or what have you, and I am just as trepidatious about the imminent casting of Zooey Deschanel as Franny Glass (a nod to Alison Hallett for that one), but I am also sad. Not sad that Salinger is dead, he was 91 for chrissake, but sad that his passing wasn't as easy or palatable or sacred as Zinn's.
"That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'F*** you' right under your nose." ~Salinger