- It all links
- Men bore me;
- Women abhor me;
- Children floor me;
- Society stinks...
- -J.D. Salinger
- (from The Skipped Diploma)
- Editor - Stephen Foskett
- Emeritus helpers - Megan Barnhill, Rob Riss, Thom Curnutte, Justin Long, Samuel W. Hotchkiss
Salinger.Org's Bananafish Wiki is just the latest incarnation of this content. Previously known as Bananafish Home, this site was created by Stephen Foskett after he fell in love with Salinger's writing in High School. He learned of the underpublished stories and spent four years looking for them. Eventually, he put together a list containing citations for the 20 stories he found.
By this time, Foskett had been active on the Internet for a while, so he posted the list to the Usenet newsgroup, rec.arts.books, so others could find the stories as well. Shortly after hearing about Mosaic and the new World Wide Web, Foskett created a Web page of the list. This was 1993.
Before long, the list grew with the Web into a dozen or more pages full of Salinger-related information. Much was submitted by visitors who sent in an item (or even a whole page) to include. The Bananafish Home pages, as they came to be called, were moved repeatedly as they grew, but the number of visitors continued to grow.
In 1995, Foskett invited the people who had sent him email to join a mailing list to discuss the stories and related topics. This was the beginning of the Bananafish list. Today, this mailing list has been moved to New York University under the care of Tim O'Connor.
In February, 2000, the format of the Bananafish Home pages recieved a badly-needed update and was moved to a new domain, Salinger.Org. Though still not run for profit, and eschewing banner ads, the site has been supported financially through Amazon.Com's associates program. With the new domain, new services, and the continued support of our readers, Salinger.Org will continue to serve Salinger readers in the spirit of that first post to Usenet.
- Over the years of running this site, I have had lots of interesting things happen, from almost being sued by Salinger (I didn't), to being quoted as a "Salinger Expert" in many publications (I'm not), to great conversations and even flames from other readers. The feedback of the visitors makes everything I have invested in this site worth it.
- - Stephen Foskett
These pages would not have been possible without the support and input of many people, especially the following:
Anne Thompson, Zona de Contacto, Vinny Nugent, Ruth Simon, Dave Sussman, Toenail, Mark Kuhar, Will Hochman, Tim O'Connor, Sundeep Dougal, Matt Kozusko
- Thanks are in order, too, to my sainted God-English teachers from high school and college who unknowingly instilled in me a love of the story without (too much) destroying the joy of it in the process. Mrs. Luckenbach and Mrs. McCarthy, I thank you.
- - Stephen Foskett
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