This Cole Haan ad makes me covet that grass-green satchel (naturally), but “THE HEART IS A…” in the background also makes me think of Franny and Zooey: In the first part of “Zooey,” he has a script for a play called “The Heart is an Autumn Wanderer,” which inspires one of my favorite Salinger conversations.
“‘The Heart is an Autumn Wanderer,'” [Mrs. Glass] read, mused, aloud. “Unusual title.”
The response from behind the shower curtain was a trifle delayed but delighted. “It’s a what? It’s a what kind of title?”
Mrs. Glass’s guard was already up…”Unusual, I said. I didn’t say it was beautiful or anything so just–“
“Ahh, by George. You have to get up pretty early in the morning to get anything really classy past you, Bessie girl. You know what your heart is, Bessie? Would you like to know what your heart is? Your heart, Bessie, is an autumn garage. How’s that for a catchy title, eh?”
I wish I could go around telling people their hearts are autumn garages, but the insult really only works with Salinger fans. (Wish I had that purse, too!)