Calculated answers given to the posed question, “Have you ever read J.D. Salinger’s CATCHER IN THE RYE?” in chronological order.

1.In Junior High: “Is that book about baseball?”

2.In High School: “Yeah, I’ve read it like four or five times. Currently on number six.”

3.In College, Freshman year: “I haven’t read it since Jr. High.”

4.In College, Sophomore year: “Yeah, but I prefer Salinger’s NINE STORIES     and RAISE HIGH THE ROOF BEAM, CARPENTERS AND SEYMOUR: AN INTRODUCTION.”

5.In College, Senior year: “You do know that J.D. Salinger is really Thomas Pynchon, right?”