Two writers who have had a major impact on me have died in the past two days. The Catcher in the Rye was one of those books that skewered my teen-age angst and hung it up to dry with everyone else’s teen-age angst. I knew I wasn’t alone after meeting Holden Caulfield, and for that I am grateful to Salinger.
Reading Howard Zinn, hearing him speak, has helped me to relinquish the safety of silence and speak up (see his quote in my new Notable Quotable block) — sometimes more easily and loudly than at other times. Thank you, Howard Zinn, for sharing your recipe for trouble.