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NPR 06-14:Wisconsin Author Trip: Meeting J.D. Salinger第一次亲密接

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As a young man in Wisconsin, Jim Krawczyk's favorite writer was J.D. Salinger. And in the late 1960s, Krawczyk decided1 to go on a roadtrip to meet his hero — in Cornish, the small New Hampshire town that the celebrated2 recluse3 calls home.

Time now for StoryCorps, the project travels the country recording4 everyday stories. Today's interview comes from Milwaukee. That's where Jim Krawczyk grew up and fell in love with books. His favorite writer was J.D. Salinger. And in the late 1960s, Jim Krawczyk decided to go on vacation to meet his hero in the small New Hampshire town that the celebrated recluse calls home.

I don't really recall a town or anything. It was like a building. That was like the post office, the gas station and the general store, all wrapped into one. So I went inside and I told them--I says, you know, my name is Jim Krawczyk. I'm from Wisconsin, I was wondering if you could tell me where J.D. Salinger lives. He says, huh, you’re never gonna see him, even the delivery boy doesn't see him. He leaves the groceries in the garage and picks up the money in an envelope. I goes, whoa, you know, I came a long way to meet this guy.

So I talked to a retired5 schoolteacher. She gave me directions further. Now this is so far back in the little mountains, that it was a dirt road. Amazingly, I didn't get lost. So I am driving along and coming up on this house and I look and it's his house. I had a biography of him that described where he lived and everything. I goes, Wow, I can't believe it. It is just like the book said, you know, it's truly neat. I wasn't afraid you know like bashful or anything like that. I thought I'm gonna to be cool about it. So I parked the car and went up, knocked on the door.

And ah…this woman came out and it was his wife. And I says, hello, my name is Jim Krawczyk, and I says I am wondering if I could meet your husband. And she goes, anything he says he says in his books. She slammed the door. I goes, whoa, I come a long way, wow, this is something. So I turned around and started to go down the steps, and she opened the door again and she came out of the porch and she says, him and I are divorced, and he lives across the road.

So I went down the road, I pulled in. Here is a driveway and I knocked on the door. He had a screen that was like a copper6 mesh7, and I really couldn't see him, and I'm straining to see him and everything, and just then a crack of thunder came so loud it felt like it was just above my head. And it started to rain. He came to the door, he says, you'd better come inside. You know, I goes, Whoa.

He didn't sit down or anything, he didn't offer me, you know, you wanna a cup of coffee or something? Or nothing, you know, I’m just…what do you want? And so I told him who I was, and I asked him if he had ever been in Wisconsin? And he said yeah, he says he was there sometime during the war. I asked, did you think the Catcher in the Rye would be such a popular book? And I don't remember exactly what he said. But I think it was, it's been a nightmare. And why a nightmare, I don't know. Maybe because he gets so much fan mailer. I don't know what, and I really wanted to ask him, can I see where you work? But I didn't wanna be one of his phonies that he writes about, you know, so I kind of held back, you know, and I says, well, okay, thank you very much. I shook his hand, and that was it. This is the somebody that nobody meets, nobody gets to see him, and I was in his kitchen. And I thought man, this is the best vacation I’ve ever had.

Jim Krawczyk at a StoryCorps booth in Milwaukee. His interview will be archived along with all the others at the American Folk Life Center at the Library of Congress, and you can subscribe8 to the StoryCorps podcast by going to npr.org. Support for StoryCorps comes from AT&T with additional funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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1 decided lvqzZd     
adj.决定了的,坚决的;明显的,明确的
参考例句:
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
2 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,声誉卓著的
参考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格兰最负盛名的年轻画家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.观众团团围住了这位著名的小提琴演奏家。
3 recluse YC4yA     
n.隐居者
参考例句:
  • The old recluse secluded himself from the outside world.这位老隐士与外面的世界隔绝了。
  • His widow became a virtual recluse for the remainder of her life.他的寡妻孤寂地度过了余生。
4 recording UktzJj     
n.录音,记录
参考例句:
  • How long will the recording of the song take?录下这首歌得花多少时间?
  • I want to play you a recording of the rehearsal.我想给你放一下彩排的录像。
5 retired Njhzyv     
adj.隐退的,退休的,退役的
参考例句:
  • The old man retired to the country for rest.这位老人下乡休息去了。
  • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby.许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
6 copper HZXyU     
n.铜;铜币;铜器;adj.铜(制)的;(紫)铜色的
参考例句:
  • The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求学生们检验铜的纯度。
  • Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.铜是热和电的良导体。
7 mesh cC1xJ     
n.网孔,网丝,陷阱;vt.以网捕捉,啮合,匹配;vi.适合; [计算机]网络
参考例句:
  • Their characters just don't mesh.他们的性格就是合不来。
  • This is the net having half inch mesh.这是有半英寸网眼的网。
8 subscribe 6Hozu     
vi.(to)订阅,订购;同意;vt.捐助,赞助
参考例句:
  • I heartily subscribe to that sentiment.我十分赞同那个观点。
  • The magazine is trying to get more readers to subscribe.该杂志正大力发展新订户。
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