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December 8, 2012

Salinger, Lennon, Browning

 John Lennon

John Lennon

On this day in 1980 Mark David Chapman murdered John Lennon. He then sat down to read The Catcher in the Rye, his copy inscribed on the inside cover with “This is my statement. Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye.” Chapman’s previous days had also been made to parallel Holden’s — a lonely, pre-Christmas wandering in New York, a prostitute, a talk about the ducks, all distorted by his voices and hollow-point bullets.

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