The cloak of teenage invincibility has left one of the great Jackasses.Ryan Dunn has been confirmed dead
in the wake of an early-morning car crash. He was 34. Quite honestly,
it's surprising that death has spared the crew famous for being dumb for
so long. However, his death is having a bigger impact on me, as a fan,
than I would have ever imagined.
We have to hand it to the Onion for writing the ultimate J.D. Salinger tribute; this truly is the final word on the subject. And yet, we couldn't help but notice these other notable eulogies that have come rumbling through the tubes over the last two days:Wes Anderson
On New York Magazine's Vulture Blog, Anderson says: "He always struck me as an odd candidate for hermitage — despite his
flights of antisocial mysticism, the energy of Salinger’s prose was
relentlessly sociable, charming, and connective.
"Howard had a great mind and was one of the great voices in the American political life," "Hunting" co-star Ben Affleck, also a family friend of the author, said in a statement. "He taught me how valuable — how necessary — dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites.
J. D. Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, passed away yesterday at the age of 91, ABC News reports.
Salinger's novels and short stories and their memorable protagonists (Holden Caulfield and the Glass family) have been a common source of inspiration for scores of individuals out there for writers, musicians, filmmakers, actors, artists, and others (including us), which ultimately speaks to the greatness of his writing. Hopefully his work will continue to inspire future generations as well.