sadness: howard zinn, jd salinger. all of new york city misses you.

there are a few authors that make the life of nerds like me. these are my movie stars, the ones that if i were to see in real life i would get tongue tied. and trust me, getting me tongue tied is a feat of great proportions.

today, i woke up to a day of fail starting with howard zinn passing away, moving right through a jean ripping, and ending now with jd salinger also gone.

i was lucky enough to meet howard zinn on an assignment when i was a baby journalist. he’s the kindest; anyone who can write a peoples history of the united states and make a girl who has grown up with galeano feel a kinship to the united states is a great soul.

Howard Zinn, Historian, Dies at 87

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose book “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling leftist alternative to mainstream texts, died Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Auburndale, Mass.

although i so wish i could have seen the great author of catcher in the rye in the flesh, i hear he was everything you would expect.

By HILLEL ITALIE

The Associated Press
Thursday, January 28, 2010; 1:12 PMNEW YORK — J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.

Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.

to quote a wise friend of mine, we live in a completely different world than we did when we woke up yesterday. descansen en paz, grandes hombres.

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~ by nadstina on January 28, 2010.

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