Reading: The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger
1. When I Grow Up, Fever Ray
2. Changes, David Bowie
3. 1979, The Smashing Pumpkins
4. But I Might Die Tonight, Cat Stevens
5. Sugar Mountain, Neil Young
6. The Circle Game, Joni Mitchell
7. At Seventeen, Janis Ian
8. Winter, Tori Amos
9. Sycamore, Bill Callahan
10. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
A friend of mine is reading The Catcher in the Rye for the first time, and I’m remembering my eighteen-year-old self, opening up to that first page, for the first time. I’m thinking about what it’s like to be there, in between kid things and grown-up things. Everything moves: too fast, or not fast enough. Transition, fear, change–and everything is possible.
It’s a time for asking questions, and letting go, and holding on, and diving in. Growing time.
Most of the time I think I wouldn’t slip back into my teenaged-self for anything. But I still am that person, with all the mountains, valleys, and deep ravines of learning to show for it.