Over at the Guardian (love you!), Woody Allen shared a list of his favorite books. I'm not surprised that The Catcher in the Rye made it on there and that he describes it the way (of course) Woody Allen would describe such things (oh, you know what I mean):
When I was younger reading was something you did for school, something you did for obligation, something you did if you wanted to take out a certain kind of woman. It wasn't something I did for fun.
My favorite bit in the short article is the following anecdote about Machado de Assis's Epitaph of a Small Winner:
I just got this in the mail one day. Some stranger in Brazil sent it and wrote, "You'll like this". Because it's a thin book, I read it. If it had been a thick book, I would have discarded it.