January 29, 2010

where do the ducks go in winter?

J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died on Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91. (more here and here)
You can trace the footsteps of Holden Caulfield, his most famous creation, here. And perhaps you, like him, wonder where the ducks go in winter.
I live in New York, and I was thinking about the lagoon in Central Park, down near Central Park South. I was wondering if it would be frozen over when I got home, and if it was, where did the ducks go? I was wondering where the ducks went when the lagoon got all icy and frozen over. I wondered if some guy came in a truck and took them away to a zoo or something. Or if they just flew away.
R.I.P., JDS. You gave the world an unforgettable voice "that skeptically appraised the world and denounced its phonies and hypocrites and bores" and that was a perfect expression of "feelings of teenage angst and vulnerability and anger" (Michiko Kakutani).
What really knocks me out is a book, when you're all done reading it, you wished the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it.
E.T.A: So where do the ducks go in winter? Mostly, they migrate south, but just south enough so that they can find food (they can withstand very cold temperatures, but they need to find food).

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