Okay, so I was tired last night after three days of orienting (both self and others; on which more shortly), and assumed that the connection between Holden and Kerouac would be as visible to others as it was to me. This morning, it looks pretty odd. So here’s the thought-pattern.
–Holden Caulfield is the protagonist of Catcher in the Rye.
—Catcher in the Rye is one of those books that must be read by the age of 16 to be at all powerful; after such age, the novel becomes annoying in its facile pretentions to rebellion.
—On the Road is another such book
–I read On the Road for the first time at 25, and was profoundly annoyed.
–Jack Kerouac is, for all intents and purposes, the protagonist of On the Road.
–He is annoying as the day is long.