Tuesday, August 30, 2011

..."I've had many great, gripping experiences reading male writers who, like JD Salinger, put men down on the page with a kind of real, raw, naked specificity..."


i read that in an article once where the author describes the differences between male authors vs. women writers.

she ends it by thanking so many men writers who have 'opened my eyes to male inner lives.' i thought it was such an interesting concept:

"Being led, page by page, into the skin of the opposite sex puts my nerve endings on high alert. Reading becomes irresistibly sexy--and what more can a girl want, curled in bed way past midnight?"

when i read said article, i was ashamed i had never opened The Catcher in the Rye (or anything by J.D. Salinger for that matter). It was always on my to-read list and so on my last me date to my favorite used bookshop, there it was like a sign on the shelf under classics.

and i finished it in a day and a half. 



"I was half in love with her by the time we sat down.  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.  Jesus Christ.  They can drive you crazy.  They really can."

- J.D. Salinger

14 comments:

Claire Kiefer said...

I love your skirt (dress?) and I love J.D. Salinger. You should read Nine Stories--might be my fave. All of his books are short & easy to finish (and I'm a slow reader!). I'm impressed with how much you read; unfortunately, during the school year, I find I don't finish nearly as many books as I want to. I think it's because lesson planning & curriculum development involves a lot of reading, so when I have an hour, I want to watch tv or read blogs or something instead of reading a book. But then I miss it, deeply.

J. said...

I can't believe you'd never read it before!! So glad you finally did.

missy. said...

beautiful. i'll definitely have to read this one. thanks :) xoxo

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

OK so my bloggin' bud (whose blog is actually called la dolce vita hehe!) suggested I read this book because I never had...so this summer I did. It's one of her fav books - I HATED it! Lol I just thought it was boring and pointless and the main character annoyed the heck out of me!

April said...

Oh, girl. I love this post! I feel like this is what we'd talk about if we could ever have coffee together. haha I didn't really enjoy Catcher in the Rye when I read it, but even for me, it had it's moments - like that quote you shared. Yes.

Alexandria said...

Such a fantastic book. I feel everyone should. But they should read it on their own free will so they appreciate it more.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

It's been a long time since I read Catcher in the Rye. Time to open it again, I think...

And I agree with Claire- love the dress!

Claudia said...

I don't have time (or I don't make time to read) shame on me! That skirt is a beauty! xx

Jo said...

You know, I actually haven't read it either! I will definitely have to change that!
p.s. Great photo!

Claire said...

i havent read this!!!!!

Erin said...

Wow. Now I feel that I should read The Catcher in the Rye. I've never read it either, but what a beautiful quote!

Karina said...

We had to read this book in junior high school! That's more than 15yrs ago, so you better believe I'm going to my local library to borrow a copy ;) I love reading, I always get lost and it's just beautiful!! Love your dress ;) But not more than you my beautiful sister!!! Love you xoxo

Karina said...

We had to read this book in junior high school! That's more than 15yrs ago, so you better believe I'm going to my local library to borrow a copy ;) I love reading, I always get lost and it's just beautiful!! Love your dress ;) But not more than you my beautiful sister!!! Love you xoxo

Barry said...

"Being led, page by page, into the skin of the opposite sex puts my nerve endings on high alert. Reading becomes irresistibly sexy..."

I read these words and swear I'm reading myself. This is why I'm thankful the majority of my readers are female. The blogs I read and the epic e-mails we share open my eyes to an experience much different than my own. It's all very arousing and sexy, far beyond simply in a sexual way. It's hard to articulate but unbelievably rewarding; I love knowing what life is like through the eyes of a woman.

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