Friday, January 29, 2010

Goodbye, tough guys.

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.


  1. J.D. Salinger? I thought he had died a long time ago.

  2. Been a lot of recent literary masters deaths lately. It's always sad, but at least they leave us with great reading to remember them by. Thanks for posting this. I heard about Salinger last night on NPR, but didn't know enough about his writing (besides Catcher...) to post about him.

  3. I always hate when the greats (in my opinion) pass. Great tribute!!

  4. OH man! I didn't know about Robert! I will miss him and the new novels he was, er, glad this is in writing, you know, so I can hit the delete button. I'm not going to say what was going to follow the "was" before the er.

    Hi there :D found your blog and am now following.