Salinger. Probably my favorite author of all time, although I read recently that Philip Roth is now done writing which is a shame. Another one of my all time favorites.
In an endless and ongoing list entitled “And THAT is my problem,” add that one: I struggle with all time favorites. Sometimes, I’m too sentimental for my own good. Sometimes, I allow a beautiful season of life which has occurred in the past to severely blur a new potential season. And sometimes, I know it and just don’t care.
“Certain things, they should stay the way they are. You ought to be able to stick them in one of those big glass cases and just leave them alone.” –J.D. Salinger
“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.” –J.D. Salinger