Thursday, January 01, 2009

Jan. 01 - J. D. Salinger Quietly Turns 90

Кажется невероятным, но мы – современники великого Джей Ди Сэлинджера, которому (почти) удалось невозможное - исчезнуть, скрыться от назойливой публики.

I swear to God, if I were a piano player or an actor or something and all those dopes thought I was terrific, I'd hate it. I wouldn't even want them to clap for me. People always clap for the wrong things. If I were a piano player, I'd play it in the goddam closet. Anyway, when he was finished, and everybody was clap-ping their heads off, old Ernie turned around on his stool and gave this very phony, humble bow. Like as if he was a helluva humble guy, besides being a terrific piano player. It was very phony—I mean him being such a big snob and all. In a funny way, though, I felt sort of sorry for him when he was finished. I don't even think he knows any more when he's playing right or not. It isn't all his fault. I partly blame all those dopes that clap their heads off—they'd foul up anybody, if you gave them a chance.

- The Catcher in the Rye -

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