Always Nice to See a Salinger Reference


It’s always nice to see someone refer to J.D. Salinger, even if the reference is a tad inappropriate. CNN, in a report on Sly Stone’s appearance at the Grammys the other night, stated that the musician, “the J.D. Salinger of funk, was drawn out of seclusion by a Grammys tribute.”

I wouldn’t say that Stone, who performed onstage in 1987 and who appeared in a cameo with a tribute band last year, is quite in the same class of reclusiveness as Salinger. The writer, who sets the bar for reclusiveness, hasn’t given an interview, made a public appearance, or published any new writing for nearly 40 years.

But still… it’s nice to see the reference and we can only hope, and dream, for the day when Salinger comes out to give a reading of The Catcher in the Rye with a golden mohawk and silver jacket.

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