Perfect

31 01 2010

Adam Gopnik, staff writer for the New Yorker, has written a perfect tribute to J.D. Salinger. It hits the nail on the head, over and over. My respect for the New Yorker swells on the faith of this. I love his reference to one of my favorite moments in the Salinger oeuvre: “In “Seymour: An Introduction,” Seymour, thinking of van Gogh, tells Buddy that the only question worth asking about a writer is “Were most of your stars out?” Writing, real writing, is done not from some seat of fussy moral judgment but with the eye and ear and heart; no American writer will ever have a more alert ear, a more attentive eye, or a more ardent heart than his.”

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