You know, I liked Catcher in the Rye. Not enough that it is my favourite book, or that it would make that list, but I liked it enough that I was always curious as to what Salinger wrote after. Legend has it that though the author stopped publishing after the book became hugely famous, he kept writing, and the work was filed away in a large metal cabinet, where it would be released after his death. Morbidly, and since I have no particular relationship with Salinger the person, I rather hope this is true.
I tell myself that, even though this might not be the best response to an author's death, at least I'm not Brett Easton Ellis, who used twitter to announce his Salinger-is-Dead Party.