Having just finished this incredible thought experiment, I am interested to hear what others think about it. I greatly prefer “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters,” for reasons I can only summarize roughly. Perhaps Buddy is too much me and Buddy’s Seymour is too much something else entirely. I regret this stance at times. But there is much to be said alone about the wedding or lack thereof and why this tale was chosen by Buddy in the first place (while why Buddy does anything, perhaps we cannot know). I am longing for more but almost never expecting it because Salinger knows we are – all of us – better than that. And rightly so.
And may he always and forever rest in peace.