My computer has been in the shop for five days. Five days! I actually had to read.
I read SALINGER by David Shield and Shane Salerno. Did you know that J.D. Salinger had only one testicle? Did you know he was on Utah Beach on D-Day and at the Battle of the Bulge? Did you know he dated Oona O'Neal Chaplin and never got over her? Did you know he had PTSD after the war? Did you know he married a German woman, Sylvia, and divorced her when he learned she had worked for the Gestapo? Did you know he wrote every day wearing a jumpsuit? Did you know he sought spirituality all his life and practiced Vedanta Hinduism?
Just as if I were seventeen again, I am consumed with J.D. Salinger. I've ordered books by his wives and I am rereading the novel and all the stories in light of my new knowledge that he was broken by a war.
When I was a junior in high school, Miss Warburton read us Glass family stories from the New Yorker in creative writing class. It was like coming into literary consciousness.