Friday, July 31, 2009

A Sorry, Rye Confession


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I just read this book that I should have read years ago. I don’t know how it happened like this. Did you ever find yourself wondering how you missed out on something that everyone else knows about? It makes you feel kind of sorry for yourself if you know what I mean. Here’s what’s really funny about it. The other day I heard somebody use this word that I’ve heard before. Even when I was a kid. But, afterwards I realized I didn’t know what it meant. Well, I sort of had an idea, but I didn’t know for sure. So I looked it up and felt like a goddam fool for not knowing all these years. And I’m 49-years-old. I can’t remember what the word is now, but everyone knows it but me. Well, not anymore, I know it now. Anyway, this book’s called The Catcher In The Rye. Maybe you heard about it, maybe you didn’t. It’s considered a literary classic, but if you want to know the truth, I thought it was OK and all. But some of it really did kill me, really did. You just need to read it yourself. There’s really some funny crap in there, but it sort of depressed me too. Honest to God, all these years, I always wondered what or who the catcher in the rye was when someone mentioned that book. I’d just nod my head like some goddam phony. Anyway, I won’t spoil it here and tell you, but it has nothing to do with baseball. You should read it, even if you already read it years ago.

2 comments:

Frank Quarters said...

I've always been quite tardy myself, really I am that way and well, just the other day I was thinking I ought to read something I've never read before and well, this goddam book just introduced itself to me, no kidding, like it almost opened itself up and well, if you like this kind of classic crap it's worth reading, honest.

haiku curmudgeon said...

I read it and wondered at the time ... "What's all the fuss, this is a boring, self indulgent waste of time". Ah well, some of us are simply not wired for this.

kw