RIP to J.D. Salinger; here is Stephen King's sensible comment on him. Here, better yet, is The Onion's take. Norman Mailer quipped that "Salinger was the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school." Various sarcastic replies would be possible given the speaker, of course, but that doesn't alter the essential accuracy of the remark.
(RIP also Howard Zinn, on whom I can't otherwise comment, as I've never read him.)