'Hardly a hermit'
Nice story about J.D. Salinger.
... Over coming days, weeks, months and years, we're inevitably going to find out some weird details about Salinger's private life. He was indeed more than a little weird. He did withdraw from life to a large extent. He was intensely private. But he apparently was far from being a Howard-Hughes-like recluse in Cornish, where he effectively hid in the semi-open with the help of neighbors. ... This Zen-like line perfectly sums it up: “If you did not go looking for him, he was there. If you did, he was not.” …Update
has more about a part of Salinger’s life that I didn’t know about. …