James Salter, 90

Photo by Jill Krementz, published in the NYT.

JAMES SALTER has died. He was 90. Considered a writer's writer and the "greatest writer you've never read," he has written novels, short stories, and essays that have brought me delight and inspiration. Not a lot of people, even avid readers, know about him. His books are a rarity in bookstores. I only find them in thrift or second-hand shops.

He will be missed.


  1. Hi Lance. Thanks for the links. Have you heard of bibliotherapy? Check out this New Yorker article: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/can-reading-make-you-happier
    I kinda wanna check out “The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies.”

    1. Thanks for the link. Yes, I've heard about the book. Maybe I'll use it to treat some of my patients. Liver cirrhosis? Avoid the Russians. Something like that.

    2. Definitely! They'll make you drink more vodka or any other type of alcohol---so depressing. And the Germans if beer's your poison.


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