JD Salinger portrait New York 1952
Maybe I should have more respect for “Salinger’s wishes” but this just seems ridiculous to me. The dude needed to get over himself, he didn’t and then the clock stopped.

His work matters, means something to a lot of people… they want more of it. Let them have the stories. What harm could come from it? How bad could they possibly be?

The rest of us could only hope that anyone would care to read anything we created in our lifetimes after we are gone. I can’t help but wonder, “who does this guy think he is?”

Is his reputation going to be ruined because of these stories? I doubt it. For some reason, I never got around to reading Salinger and I find this prudish selfishness enough of a turnoff that I might not ever bother.

JD Salinger's unpublished stories leaked online | Books | The Guardian.