Monthly Archives: January 2010

Raise high the roof beam, Mr. Salinger

J.D. Salinger has died. He may have gone a touch off the wall in his declining years, but he is still responsible for one of the best – “For Esme, With Love and Squalor” – and funniest – “De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period” short stories I know.  To say nothing of gifting the world the Glass family and coining the word “phony.”

Some speculate that Salinger has amassed a trove of work in his reclusive hideout years, that will eventually surface now that he has passed on.  That would be wonderful if it were so.  But tonight I’ll re-read something from Nine Stories to mark the passing of one of the last of the old-style Great Ones.

Spotted at Salon.

North and east into God’s country

Last month the Idle Monkey Trainer ventured up from Texas and thence Denver and thence north and east to see us.  Drinks were had, old times in Tokyo reminisced upon, the future speculated at.  Always a good thing to see old friends.  A few days ago he posted a nice profile of the local area.

Temporarily assigned to open an office of a Japanese company in Houston, he has been in the States a few months.  He reports that this time has not tempted him to make a permanent return.  He’s ready to get back to Tokyo.  America, he says, seems empty.  I have to admit, there are days I agree.

North and east into God's country

Last month the Idle Monkey Trainer ventured up from Texas and thence Denver and thence north and east to see us.  Drinks were had, old times in Tokyo reminisced upon, the future speculated at.  Always a good thing to see old friends.  A few days ago he posted a nice profile of the local area.

Temporarily assigned to open an office of a Japanese company in Houston, he has been in the States a few months.  He reports that this time has not tempted him to make a permanent return.  He’s ready to get back to Tokyo.  America, he says, seems empty.  I have to admit, there are days I agree.