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J. D. Salinger on the Road

Franz Douskey has published in The New Yorker, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Down East, and Yankee Magazine, among many others. He has read from his writing at Cronkite Graduate Center at Harvard, the University of Arizona, the New School for Social Research, Donnell Library Center, and Yale University, where he taught creative writing for five years. He is president emeritus of IMPAC University in Punta Gorda, Florida. He produces and co-hosts Once Upon a Bandstand on WQUN, Quinnipiac University.

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Updated Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

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4 Responses to J. D. Salinger on the Road

  1. Sue Hirons February 12, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Rumor has it that a nephew of mine, who used to live in Cornish many years ago, took a check from Salinger in payment for groceries. My nephew didn’t know who the shopper was until he saw the signature. As I remember it, my nephew said if he had the money in his pocket to cover the check, he would have kept the check for the signature. Alas, like most teenagers, he was mostly broke. Missed chances……..

  2. Sharon Lambert February 15, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Good article Franz. I very much enjoyed reading it. I’m always amazed at how forward and thoughtless some people can be. Just because Mr. Salinger wrote a well known book doesn’t mean he and his life should be put on display, though I can understand the appeal in this ‘anything goes’ media crazy world we live in.

  3. Danielle Johnson February 15, 2010 at 10:48 am #

    Sometimes the urge to pick a man’s brain in much the same manner as one scours a museum must be satisfied by merely reading the words that the man left behind…

  4. jon casey May 24, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I ran a tavern in Vermont for some years…I met Jerry through my neighbor Lenny who was one of Jerry’s go to guys for jobs odd and not… We never used his last name … 1) Reticence is a Vermont trait.. 2) Vermonters are nosy adverse….

    When the interstate arrived in Vermont the late 60’s, it brought with it a flood of wild eyed down country enthusiasts with “a need to know”… That is not a civil right in Vermont… Since that time Vermonters have become masters of misdirection… Nosy people need it…

    Kudos to the author (even though he is a flatlander)…

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