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.
  1. "An artist's only concern is to shoot for some sort of perfection, and on his own terms, not anyone else's."
  2. "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."
  3. "... 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."
  4. "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."
  5. "It appeared to contain an object roughly the size of the Hope diamond or an irrigation attachment"
  6. "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."
  7. "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."
  8. "I just hope that one day - preferably when we're both blind drunk - we can talk about it."
  9. "I've never known you to be WRONG, Bessie. Your facts are always either untrue or exaggerated, but you're never wrong"
  10. "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."
  11. "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."
  12. "Neither you nor Buddy know how to talk to people you don't like."
  13. "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."
  14. "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."
  15. Plus, basically the last 10 pages are glorious.