By Erin L. Cox
On Wednesday, reclusive American writer J.D. Salinger died. Author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, Salinger had spent the last 50 years in seclusion.
Famed New Yorker writer Lillian Ross had a close personal friendship with Salinger over the years and wrote a powerful piece about the life and death of the enigmatic author and his views on writing, publishing, and authors today. Ross also includes personal photographs of Salinger that she took at her home.
My favorite line of the story is reflective of publishing today. “He didn’t care about the reviews, he said, but “the side effects” bothered him. ‘There are no writers anymore,’ he said once. ‘Only book-selling louts and big mouths.’