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So where do the Ducks go in the Winter It seems that serial killers have great taste in literature Just go read their favorite books There isnt a Richard Bach or Harlequin Romance fan amongst them Out of a morbid curiosity I read something that is said to have influenced Charles Manson Stranger in a Strange Land and I find the answers to questions that Ive been asking for years Nietzche may have influenced the Nazis but hes also one of the most profound philosophers of our age Maybe its a bit morbid to take book recommendations from serial killers but who else can give you reading suggestions Teachers Friends Oprah Hell no The Catcher in the Rye is the book preferred 9 times out of ten by whackos serial killers and disgruntled teenagers ok theres not much difference in those categories but bear with me John Lennon was killed to promote this book John Hinkley may have been trying to impress Jody Foster but he was also a big Catcher in the Rye fan The level of general craziness surrounding this book is so bad that Conspiracy Theory made it the running joke even tracking Mel Gibson by monitoring purchases of The Catcher in the Rye So why is this book so influential Why do normal people have underlined copies in their personal library Why is every book about whiney losers sitting around complaining about their lives where the major problem is that the damn author cant think of a plot compared favorably to The Catcher in the Rye Because its one of the best fucking books ever written I read The Catcher in the Rye at the perfect age I was 17 a frustrated freak of a high school student seemingly doomed to perpetual virginity To be exposed to Holden Caulfield in this condition is an epiphany that born-again Christian pretend to experience when they talk to Jesus There
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