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'Seymour' can feel very different depending on whether one chooses to absorb it in one sitting, or two, or five. Though Salinger deliberately ignores their traditionalist desires, he is supremely aware of his readers. He knows that literature is not a kinetic or presentative art, it is not a motion picture or a rock concert, a canvas or a bronze sculpture. It does not have to be stimuli. It is composed of words, and thus is metaphorically breathed in by the readers; the text is, in a way, respirated, ingested. Reading is the most intimate and personal art because it takes place within the mind, and Salinger’s self-referentialism is a way of offering himself up and of commenting on the act of creation itself. It is anti-form. His digressions are intentional. Randomness is feted, not condemned. Vagaries and paraphrasis and overlong ultra-specificities wage war for space on the page. The un-form of the story expresses its meaning.