Reclusive author J.D. Salinger passed away Wednesday at age 91. I loved Salinger's colorful New York City characters in his great novels such as The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, but was unaware of his study of Zen Buddhism and passion for yoga, meditation, and healthy eating.
In her 1998 memoir At Home in the World, Joyce Maynard recounts her year-long relationship with Salinger. Maynard described Salinger as being consumed with yoga, meditation, Zen Buddhism, and even a macrobiotic diet and homeopathy.
I had no idea. Did you?