One of my favorite Salinger stories is “For Esmee, With Love and Squalor”. He meets Esmee, who as at this time a young girl, who asks him to write something for her. Salinger, or his character in the story, loosely based on himself, says something like “I’m not very prolific” and Esmee says “It doesn’t have to be prolific! Just make sure there’s lots of squalor”.
Speaking of Salinger’s prolificacy, wasn’t he writing the whole time he was a recluse, that is, most of his life? I was excited when he died because I thought there was a lot of unpublished Salinger work that would get published soon, but it’s been five or six years now. Does anybody know the status of his unreleased work? Is it going to be published?