I thoroughly enjoyed your Salinger analysis, but
thought you fell short (maybe when good old Mom came
to mind) in asking how we can reconcile _Catcher_ with
"Bananafish." The answer's in your own exegesis--the
fish, man, the fish! The _Catcher_ cabbie's anxiety
about the fish is a reference to Seymour's
suicide--maybe even an omen if the story came first
Tell me more about your mother, sez Ms. Shrinkydinks.
Is she like Fat Bessie? She scares me already, and I'm
glad she lives at least as far away as Coatsville, PA.
(Don't, for heaven's sake, tell her that I smoke! And
I wouldn't breathe a word about Heidegger, tho' I
might huff & puff a bit about Arendt.)
You're a damn talented guy, Joe Green, and the
university's loss. Don't waste your smarts on ad
hominem fights; just get on with your poetry, satire,
and lit'ry analysis. So endeth today's posts--
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