The death of author J.D. Salinger has prompted emotional reactions from literature lovers of all walks of life, including many celebrities that felt their own connection to the “Catcher in the Rye” writer. Following the news of Salinger’s death, several actors, singers and other stars took to their Twitter soapboxes to express their heartfelt memories of the late novelist — in 140 characters or less.
“[Sad] to hear JD Salinger has passed,” wrote “American Idol” host and E! News personality Ryan Seacrest. “[I] remember reading Catcher in the Rye growing up. He was 91.”
Singer and actress Mandy Moore reacted simply and somberly — “RIP J.D. Salinger” — while Paramore’s Hayley Williams offered a straightforward show of support of her own, albeit one with significantly more passion (and capitalization) than Moore’s tweet: “JD SALINGER FOREVER!”
Certain comedians, such as “The Office” star Rainn Wilson, set aside their typical gut-busting ways to offer thoughtful recollections of Salinger. “I always secretly thought I was a member of the Glass family,” said Wilson. “Franny & Zooey defined the spiritual angst of my 20′s.”
Steve Agee of “The Sarah Silverman Program” offered an interesting and uncharacteristically serious revelation regarding his own past connection to Salinger. “JD Salinger and I are both alumni from the same military academy,” he wrote, noting that it was not only the shooting location for 1981′s military drama “Taps,” but also the basis for Pencey Prep, the fictional college that “Catcher in the Rye” protagonist Holden Caulfield is expelled from at the book’s outset.
While some stars, such as singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb, offered constructive advice to their followers — “How about reading one of the Nine Stories today in his memory,” she suggested — others took the opportunity to make witty remarks about Salinger’s propensity for isolation.
“I prefer to think JD Salinger has just decided to become extra reclusive,” joked satirist John Hodgman.
“He [loved his] privacy, so I will say no more .. except .. people will probably not be bugging [him] now,” Kirstie Alley offered, though she later added a more serious follow-up for her younger followers: “All you kiddies on here be sure to read CATCHER IN THE RYE by J.D. Salinger if you have not already done so. WON’T FIND BETTER WRITING.”