J.D. Salinger, dead at 91.
I never read Salinger until I was 19. But from that first read of "Catcher in the Rye", I was hooked. On to "Nine Stories" and "Frannie and Zooey" and on and on again. Such a fantastic writer, such complex themes, such an ability to make me think I'm not as crazy as I think.
One of my fav stories of Salinger's is "A Perfect Day For Banana Fish", a story about a wonderful day at the beach, a man showing a little girl the uninhibited joy of the ocean and telling her tall tales along the way. In typical Salinger style, it ends with a tragedy...and that tragedy comes back to haunt the reader in "Frannie and Zooey."
I hope wherever Mr. Salinger is now, he's enjoying a perfect day...even if there are no banana fish.