The Best of NYC LETTERS

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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST DICK MOVE BY A HERO TO MILLIONS:
J.D. Salinger

For somebody who wants no part of the world, J.D. Salinger is sure picky about his place in it: the 90-year-old recluse sued, successfully, to block the publication of 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye, an unauthorized sequel to you-know-what. If we had to watch our magnum opus become the favorite book of innumerable numbers of prep-school poseurs who misunderstood our ironic distance, we might throw up our hands and move to a cabin in Vermont, too — but we probably wouldn’t keep a copyright attorney on speed-dial. You can’t yell “Get off my lawn!” at the neighbor who’s taken it upon himself to mow it for you.

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