Author Jerome David Salinger, J.D. to fans, has died at 91. His only novel, 1951’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” if you’ve never heard of it, is very good and actually quite popular. “The hermit crab of American letters,” TIME’s obituary states. Salinger spent more than half of his life away from the spotlight, in seclusion—he spent his days revolted by his ongoing fame.
Salinger’s best work, his collection “Nine Stories,” is perhaps the most accomplished assembly of short stories ever published. “A Perfect Day for Bananafish,” dare I say, is the perfect story. More on this in next week’s issue of Newcity. (Tom Lynch)
Holy shit: Historian and author Howard Zinn died too. What a week.