The Majestic Angry Larry
Read a little article about three short stories that J.D. Salinger wrote, without the intention of publication, being leaked via the Internet (They had been kept in a vault at the Princeton University Library) and immediately all I could think was "Damn, I need to find and download those."
It's no secret I am a huge fan of J.D. Salinger's work. Like a ton of adolescents I first fell in love with the content of his novel Catcher in the Rye while in junior high school, and of course, I had to subsequently track down everything else he wrote and devour all that, too.
Salinger was a remarkable writer and when I discovered that he was of Lithuanian, German, Irish & Scottish descent as I am (My family has a bit of Norwegian in the mix too, but that's neither here nor there), I decided, at the age of 14, that meant I should become like him and write a great American novel.
That hasn't happened...yet. It's been put on the backburner alongside actor, artist, poet, cartoonist, and songwriter.
However, in the intervening years I have managed to pick up on a number of habits and character traits that Salinger was known for. Writing daily, being interested in a wide variety of philosophies, and repeatedly watching my favorite movies. for example.
I can only hope that I don't become a paranoid recluse. That's a path I just can't envision as anything but a downward spiral. I like people too much to be a recluse of any stripe, but especially a paranoid one.