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  1. The whole book is about saying goodbye, literally and metaphorically
  2. I don't think Mr. Antolini is trying to molest Holden
    But the way he touches Holden would be considered wildly inappropriate nowadays
  3. Holden tries to connect with kids like an adult and with adults as a kid
    Which is why he can't connect with anyone
  4. The main thing Holden wants is an honest human connection
  5. His best connection is with Phoebe, but it's still a near-miss
  6. It's one of the few books that can make me laugh and cry out loud
  7. One of my favorite characters in the book is New York City
  8. I wonder what happened to all the fencing gear?
  9. "Five bucks a throw, fifteen bucks till noon." seems like an amazingly-good deal
  10. Allie seems too good to be true
    But probably Holden is just romanticizing him
  11. There are many notes of PTSD throughout the book
    Makes sense as Salinger worked on the novel as he stormed across Europe and saw the horrors of WW II fighting and death camps.
  12. There is a lot of hero-worshipping in the book
    Both celebrating and criticizing it
  13. I wish when you went to the movies today, there was a stage show first
  14. Who is Holden telling this story to? A psychiatrist?
  15. I love how Salinger uses italics for emphasis and parentheses for asides
  16. I wish I could read D. B.'s short story, "The Secret Goldfish"
  17. Why does Holden hate the movies?
    Weirdly, movies were one of Salinger's favorite things
  18. Of the various covers, this one's the best
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    Fucking galloping, fiery, blood-red merry-go-round stallions for the win
  19. It's a book about losing things.
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    I took note of everything that gets lost. It's a lot of stuff.
  20. Maybe Holden is struggling with his sexuality?
  21. "Allie, don't let me disappear."
    This line makes me cry.
  22. Nobody writes children's dialog like Salinger
  23. Holden falls off, grabbing for the golden ring
  24. There's lots of stuff about putting on appearances
    Like the kid who wanted people to think Holden's fancy luggage was his own
  25. I love this passage about Holden's "terrible fall"
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  26. Phoebe Weatherfield Caulfield, Esq.
  27. I hate Sally Hayes
    "It's a terrific *bore*." *Grand*. If there's one word I hate, it's grand.
  28. Most of social media in 2015 is about being phony
    Except ListApp, I hope.
  29. They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain.
    This line is important. Speaks to how Holden just can't read people and never knows how to act.
  30. When I was 20-ish, I saved up to buy an expensive, leather Gladstone bag because of this book.
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  31. There are so many "fuck yous" I'd like to rub off the walls of the world
  32. Where/how can I hear "Little Shirley Beans"?
  33. What's with Horwitz and the fish frozen solid in the ice?
    They got their *pores* open the whole time. That's their *nature*, for Chrissake.
  34. When James Castle dies, part of Holden's soul does, too.
  35. As a father, kids running blindly towards some crazy cliff is a terrifying image.