raise-high-the-roof-beam-carpenters-and-seymour:-an-introduction

I have scars on my hands from touching certain people. Certain heads, certain colours and textures of human hair leave permanent marks on me.
—  J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction
She worries over the way her love for me comes and goes, appears and disappears. She doubts its reality simply because it isn’t as steadily pleasurable as a kitten. God knows it is sad. The human voice conspires to desecrate everything on earth.
—  J.D. Salinger, (Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters & Seymour: An Introduction)
Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It’s never been anything but your religion.
—  J.D. Salinger, Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction