Check out this New York Times article about Salinger’s letters to a Toronto woman years before Catcher in the Rye. The woman he wrote to is still alive and 95 years old.
As we document every moment of our lives through social media, I find there’s something elegant in how a few letters can bring to life a moment in time 70 years ago and leave a little room for the imagination. Will we sift through 70-year old Facebook posts in the year 2083? Or will the internet as we know it even exist then? I’ll stick with the letters, thank you.