Mr. J.D.


salinger_picOnce again a journalist turns up at J.D. Salinger’s house, and once again gets turned away.

In Japan — not being in easy driving distance of Cornish, NH — they must turn to Blankey Jet City’s song “Salinger,” with its chorus: “Mister J.D. Salinger / Tell me why / Tell me why / Tell me why, Salinger…”

Paul Collins teaches writing at Portland State University, and his work appears regularly in New Scientist, Slate, and The Believer. His next book, The Murder of the Century, will be published in June by Crown. More from this author →