Feeling a Little Shitty, or I Finished The Catcher in the Rye

I finished rereading The Catcher in the Rye last night and I was just gonna let it drop without writing anything further about it here because I didn't care much to explore the fact that I connected more with Holden's deep sense of isolation and mistrust of the world this time around than I did when I was a teenager, but then I picked up a copy of the June 16, 2016 edition of Rolling Stone to read a story about Hamilton and discovered, on the very last page, an interview with comic Louis C.K. in which he discusses his favorite childhood book.

I read The Catcher in the Rye in sixth grade, and it depressed the hell out of me. But I loved the way it was written. It was this young guy talking about the panic that you might be left out of life and that you're not sure who you are. At that age you get used to feeling a little shitty. But I think it's very healthy to consider beautifully, artistically expressed versions of your bad feelings. It helps you see there's value to even the worst things in your life.

So yeah, what he said.