03 January, 2005

Catcher in the Rye

Just came across this story.. somehow... I don't even know how I got to a Maine Newspaper article from December of last year, but anyway. I think it is very interesting how few parents get involved in education..sadly it seems the only ones who do want to start burning books.

What follows is my favorite quote from Catcher in the Rye. I actually read this part out loud in my highschool Honors English class (okay that was when children didn't swear in front of their teachers). Mrs Eiswerth was very flattering and not thrown at all by my finding that quote to be essential to Holden's coming of age.

"That's the whole trouble. You can't ever find a place that's nice and peaceful, because there isn't any. You may think there is, but once you get there, when you're not looking, somebody'll sneak up and write 'Fuck you' right under your nose. Try it sometime. I think, even, if I ever die, and they stick me in a cemetary, and I have a tombstone and all, it'll say 'Holden Caulfield' on it, and then what year I was born and what year I died, and then right under that it'll say 'Fuck you.' I'm positive, in fact."
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