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today, word-based favorites.
this morning, i got to thinking about JD salinger’s passing away, and now louis auchincloss. i was an american studies major in college, and i studied works of fiction by both of these men quite closely. like everyone else, JD salinger’s short stories and ‘the catcher in the rye’ certainly had a profound effect on my life when i was younger. after i graduated from college, i went on a real auchincloss bender, reading many of his novels and admiring his ability to be a lawyer and an author, encouraging both his analytical and creative sides.
and then i got to thinking about other american authors that i treasure, whose work has influenced me in one way or another. and i immediately thought of joan didion. aside from salinger. auchincloss, and john cheever, joan didion is someone whose writing has profoundly changed the way i think about language, ideas, and my place in the world.
so in lieu of sharing my favorite salinger or auchincloss story with you today, i thought i’d leave you with a favorite piece of writing from joan didion. “goodbye to all that” – a piece that i’ve read many, many times. i hope you enjoy it.
have a good weekend, i’ll see you here next week.