The lit world is abuzz with news of the passing of J.D. Salinger (left). I remember my dad giving me his copy of Nine Stories, telling me about reading it because it had been banned by the nuns at his high school, telling me his favorite story had been The Laughing Man. I was torn between Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut and Just Before the War with the Eskimos. Here's a link where you can read some of Salinger's "under-published" stories (as well as the more well-known ones).
We've also recently lost Robert Parker (right), author of the Spenser novels that led to the Spenser: For Hire t.v. series. I did the best acting of my short career in an episode of that show (At the River's Edge), and Parker was a Cambridge man (MA, not UK).
Gentlemen, thank you.