salinger and esme

Sunday morning and listening to Tom O’Bedlam’s reading of J.D. Salinger’s short story. One of my all time favorite. More and more I’m relying on fiction audiobooks to make it through the day and O’Bedlam’s voice draws me in. I’ve always been struck by young Esme’s thoughts on the fiction and reading she prefers:

“It doesn’t have to be terribly prolific. Just so that it isn’t childish and silly. I prefer stories about squalor. Make it extremely squalid and moving.”

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