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RIP, J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the notoriously reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday at the age of 91.

“Catcher” shows up on many lists of great books of the 20th century. I remember reading it one summer when I was home from college and thinking it was well done (I never had it assigned in any of my American Lit classes). 

Holden Caulfield, the misfit protagonist, wasn’t the easiest character to like, with his chip-on-the-shoulder view of the world. But he did come up with one line that I’ve always remembered and quoted on occasion, a way to describe something so bad that it’s a thing of wonder. Forgive me if my quotation isn’t absolutely accurate.

Holden was generally out of sorts one day (like most days), so he went to see “a movie so putrid I couldn’t take my eyes off it.” 

Indeed.