This week in crazy: A note written by J.D. Salinger to his maid is selling for US$50,000.
We can’t even make out what the note says. Everything else is undecipherable, except for “insignificant things” and “thank you”. Maybe we should start squinting. No. That didn’t work either.
So with a little help from our online friends..
“Dear Mary,” it reads. “Please make sure all the errands are done before you go on vacation, as I do not want to be bothered with insignificant things. Thank you. J.D. Salinger”
So roughly, that’s about 2,000 per word. That $50,000, by the way, does not include $19 for shipping.
Jerome David Salinger was an American author, best known for his 1951 novel “The Catcher in the Rye” (a tale that captured the essence of teen angst) and “Frannie and Zooey”. The author is known for shunning contact with fans of his work. The reclusive writer died in January 2010 at the age of 91.
Mail Online writes:
This hermit, who guarded his privacy with a shotgun and guard dogs behind high walls, was equally fierce in protecting his anonymity with squads of lawyers who attempted to block anything intimate being written about him.
He was the ultimate anti-celebrity, refusing interviews and insisting his photograph was removed from the dust-jackets of his books.
… There was no name on the mailbox at the end of the steep drive leading to the house, and No Trespassing signs hung on several of the trees.
How much do you like Salinger? Big fan? You can buy it on eBay now.