R. I. P., Mr. Salinger

By Paul Schmidt

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as some day, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
-J.D. Salinger, Catcher In the Rye

As I was preparing a post on the Illinois men’s basketball team, the news came across from the Tribune Breaking News Alerts that J.D. Salinger had passed away.

He was 91 years old.

It seems a little trivial now to write about whether or not a team that elected team captains mid-season has finally turned a corner.

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