Posts tagged ‘J.D. Salinger’

February 1, 2010

A world without readers? What a sad vision.

by caroanna

J.D. Salinger may not be able to actually rest in peace with everybody talking about his reclusive life now that it’s over.

But Jennifer Finney Boylan has a point when she writes that the literary recluse is nothing to be jealous of. Writing without the purpose of it being read is keeping a journal or therapeutic writing. That’s fine, if you enjoy it. But I don’t think these are writers.

Writers relish people reading what they have to say. What makes writing worth its while is when other people take the time to read it and think about it. That’s the greatest compliment you could pay to a writer. Even if you hate their style or content. I will deem myself a successful writer if someone cares to comment on it because he wanted to read it, not because he has to or because he knows me.