His enthusiasm and knowledge were engrossing, not unlike listening to a craftsman speak about his specific craft; the topic itself is overshadowed by the passion of the speaker.
"I got the idea to center the story around a coffee shop when I thought of starting to write something…"
He gave me some details which I think will make for a fabulous story (though I’m not going to spoil it for you) and before I knew it, we’d wandered waist-deep into a conversation about one of my favorite authors, J.D. Salinger.
"I’m sure you know that he was the man who wrote THE CATCHER IN THE RYE. A book more memorable now for being the legal defense of assassinations on 3 occasions, but which stands as, perhaps, the greatest American novel of the 20th century.
"Chapters of CATCHER were with Salinger when stormed the beach at Normandy, for God’s sake!"
"How is Catcher relevant today, though?"
"Each generation has art that contributes in some way to its definition. Its social context, like ours, is self-destructive and still dominated by that which is the out layers of superficiality in human life. Which is real, but emphasized excessively.
"I think this is seen but not discussed fairly. The absolutists and dramatist-exaggerators are on both sides. The story I want to write is evolving but fundamentally, it’s going to be about my town, and what transcends to unite a community.”