Wildly Witty Quotations from "The Catcher in the Rye" (1)

“Life is a game, boy. Life is a game that one plays according to the rules.” (p11)

“I don’t give a damn, except that I get bored sometimes when people tell me to act my age.” (p 12)

“Do you feel absolutely no concern for your future, boy?”
“Oh, I feel some concern for my future, all right. Sure. Sure, I do.” I thought about it for a minute. “But not too much, I guess. Not too much, I guess.”
“You will,”old Spencer said. “You will, boy. You will when it’s too late.” (p 17-18)

“I mean I’m not going to be a goddam surgeon or a violinist or anything anyway.” (p44)

“He stood there, reading it, and sort of stroking his bare chest and stomach, with this very stupid expression on his face. He was always stroking his stomach or his chest. He was mad about himself.” (p46)

“You always do everything backasswards.” (p46)

“In every school I’ve gone to, all the athletic bastards stick together.” (p49)

“All morons hate it when you call them a moron.” (p50)

“You never saw such gore in your life. I had blood all over my mouth and chin and even on my pajamas and bathrobe. It partly scared me and it partly fascinated me. All that blood and all sort of made me look tough.” (p51)

“Almost every time somebody gives me a present and it ends up making me sad.” (p58)

“I put my red hunting hat on, and turned the peak around the back, the way I liked it, and then I yelled at the top of my goddam voice,”Sleep tight, ya morons!” (p59)

“Mothers are all slightly insane.” (p62)

“He was even more depressing than the room was. He was one of thise bald guys that comb all their hair over from the side to cover up the baldness. I’d rather be bald than do that.” (p68-69)

“Sex is something I really don’t understand too hot. You never know where the hell you are. I keep making up these sex rules for myself, and then I break them right away.” (p70)

“The only trouble is, she is a little too affectionate sometimes. Shek’s very emotional, for a child. She really is. Something else she does, she writes books all the time. Only, she doesn’t finish them.” (p76)

“I’m not kidding, some of these very stupid girls can really knock you out on a dance floor.” (p79)

“You don’t always have to get too sexy to get to know a girl.” (p85)

“We’d get into a goddam movie or something, and right away we’d start holding hands, and we wouldn’t quit till the movie was over.” (p89)

“I certainly like to hear him play, but sometimes you feel like turning his goddam piano over. I think it’s because sometimes when he plays, he sounds like the kind of a guy that won’t talk to you unless you’re a big shot.” (p90)

“People are always ruining things for you.” (p98)

“One of my troubles is, I never care too much when I lose something.” (p100)

“I wasn’t sleepy or anything, but I was feeling sort of lousy. Depressed and all. I almost wished I was dead.” (p101)

“It was against my principles and all, but I was feeling so depressed I didn’t even think. That’s the whole trouble. When you’re feeling depressed, you can’t even think.” (p102)

“The thing is, most of the time when you’re coming pretty close to doing it with a girl – a girl that isn’t a prostitute or anything, I mean – she keeps telling you to stop. The trouble with me is, I stop. Most guys don’t. I can’t help it.” (p103)

J. D. Salinger:Penulis yang "Terkutuk" oleh Kesuksesan Karyanya

‎Persis lima tahun berlalu sejak penulis J. D. Salinger meninggal dunia di usia 91 tahun. Ia meninggal 27 Januari 2010. Karyanya yang pertama dan paling sukses serta paling berpengaruh hingga saat ini ialah The Catcher in the Rye.

Namun, Salinger bukannya bahagia menjadi terkenal. Ia lebih merasa terkutuk oleh apa yang ia tulis di dalam novel pendek itu. Apa pasal? Tiga kasus pembunuhan terjadi sebagian karena “dipicu” oleh ‎novel yang mengisahkan tentang seorang pemuda bernama Hauden Caulfield tersebut. Dalam pembelaan Mark David Chapman (pembunuh John Lennon), novel ini dipakai sebagai penjelasan tindakan keji itu. Ada dua pembunuhan lagi yang menyebutkan novel itu sebagai alasan.

Kepada wartawati Betty Eppes yang sengaja mencarinya 6 bulan sebelum penembakan Lennon, Salinger ‎berkata,”Saya menyesal menulis tentang Haulden (Caulfield).”

Salinger‎, melalui Eppes, berkata bahwa ia bekerja untuk dirinya selama mengurung diri dari pergaulan sosial. “Seorang penulis harus menulis karena memang ia harus menulis. Yang paling penting adalah menulis”.

Saya baru membeli The Catcher in the Rye 13 Januari kemarin. Dan apakah saya juga akan terinspirasi melakukan hal-hal radikal?

On Being A Reclusive Writer

Recluse (adjective) : avoiding the company of other people; solitary


Watching a documentary movie on famous reclusive American author J. D. Salinger makes me obsessed with the lifestyle of a recluse as a writer. If you’re like me, writing in the middle of constant turbulent commotion is like a pain in the ass. I have to make a conscious effort to work like a normal person, that is to say, make jokes when I don’t feel like I want to, get together with coworkers when I don’t have to, getting distractions when I am supposed to be writing and productive. They think I’m asocial when I refuse to type when they throw jokes. Truthfully, I don’t mind. I don’t bother. All I want is some peace to work in.

So this is what I plan for some years ahead:

  1. Build my reputation as a writer.
  2. Arm myself with any skills important to being a professional author.
  3. Get myself a small house with lawns and organic farms around it and leave the hectic urban areas of Jakarta to live in an idyllic countryside where Internet connection does still reach me.
  4. Become a recluse.
  5. Teach yoga in a very small, private class.