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The Death of a Writing Legend

By Bryan Toporek — February 03, 2010 1 min read

At Epiphany in Baltimore, the blogger posted a tribute to recently-deceased J.D. Salinger, celebrating his famous novel The Catcher in the Rye.

Holden was looking for a place in the world, and, in a way, Catcher in the Rye sort of lets me know my place. It's my lighthouse. So I named my thrice-adopted, thrice-returned dog Holden, because he was also looking for his place in the world. And I often think about this experience of reading and re-reading Catcher in the Rye as a transformative one, helping me recognize the power of a great book and how it helps define who we are at certain points in our lives.
Rest in Peace, JD. Thanks for writing one of those books that changed my life.

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