So at dinner tonight, my parents handed me this book and that first edition Franny and Zooey I was pining over. Amazing. I was nervous just holding the books.
I would've scanned the Franny&Zooey but I didn't want to bend the spine. I'm really excited to read these stories, I haven't read them before. It's such a treat to be able to see the trajectory of an author through unpublished work. I'm not sure if anyone has ever captured feeling lost in the world much better than Salinger and for my money there isn't better dialogue out there. For me, reading Salinger's work was a watershed moment. The ease it seemed to be written with, the pathos that his characters engender, all made me want to read more. Not just of his work, but more books in general.
Anyways, to sum it all up; I don't deserve my parents. Good birthday for sure.