Favorite Passages : Zooey
In no particular order. If you haven't read this Salinger short story, take the following steps: 1. borrow or buy a copy of Franny And Zooey, 2. read Franny, 3. read Zooey, 4. wonder what took you so long.
- •"An artist's only concern is to shoot for some sort of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's."
- •"It was a weighty stare, and relief was not really a great part of it. As much as anything else, it was the stare, not so paradoxically, of a privacy-lover who, once his privacy has been invaded, doesn't quite approve when the invader just gets up and leaves, one-two-three, like THAT."
- •"... any immediate further professional use on my part of the word "God," except as a familiar, healthy American expletive, will be taken - or, rather, confirmed - as the very worst kind of name-dropping and a sure sign that I'm going straight to the dogs."
- •"We are, all four of us, blood relatives, and we speak a kind of esoteric, family language, a sort of semantic geometry I which the shortest distance between any two points is a fullish circle."
- •"It appeared to contain an object roughly the size of the Hope diamond or an irrigation attachment"
- •"It's also essential to my inner harmony to see Seymour's listing in the goddam phone book every year. I like to browse through the G's confidently."
- •"There were several experienced verbal stunt pilots in the Glass family, but this last little remark perhaps Zooey alone was coordinated well enough to bring in safely over a telephone."
- •"I just hope that one day - preferably when we're both blind drunk - we can talk about it."
- •"I've never known you to be WRONG, Bessie. Your facts are always either untrue or exaggerated, but you're never wrong"
- •"Against my better judgement, I feel certain that somewhere very near here - the first house down the road, maybe - there's a good poet dying, but also somewhere very near here somebody's having a hilarious pint of pus taken from her lovely young body, and I can't be running back and forth forever between grief and high delight."
- •"Education by any name would smell as sweet, and maybe sweeter, if it didn't begin with a quest for knowledge at all but with a quest, as Zen would put it, for no-knowledge."
- •"Neither you nor Buddy know how to talk to people you don't like."
- •"Well, I'm not terribly sure what all she told me, sweetheart. Past a certain point it's a little rude to go on listening to Bessie on the phone."
- •"Franny took advantage of the slight pause that followed to straighten her back a trifle, as though, for some reason, good posture, or better posture, might come in handy at any moment."
- •Plus, basically the last 10 pages are glorious.