Continuing the We Didn't Start the Fire roll call . . .
Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnnie Ray
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe
Rosenbergs, H-Bomb, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom
Brando, The King And I, and The Catcher In The Rye
Eisenhower, Vaccine, England's got a new queen
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana goodbye
Today: The Catcher in the Rye
J D Salinger’s novel Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951. A first person story of a young boy’s angst, fears and experiences, it drew flak for profanity and sexuality. Mel Gibson has numerous copies in Conspiracy Theory.
"I have this grandmother that's quite lavish with her dough. She's old as hell and she keeps sending me money for my birthday four times a year."
"When I really worry about something, I don't just fool around. I even have to go to the bathroom when I worry about something. Only, I don't go. I'm too worried to go. I don't want to interrupt my worrying to go."
"Grand. There's a word I really hate. It's a phony. I could puke every time I hear it."
"I hope to hell that when I do die somebody has the sense to just dump me in the river or something."
"That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. They can drive you crazy. They really can."
"Anyway, I'm sort of glad they've got the atomic bomb invented. If there's ever another war, I'm going to sit right the hell on top of it. I'll volunteer for it, I swear to God I will."
"He hated it when you called him a moron. All morons hate it when you call them a moron."