J. D. Salinger was an author most famous for his controversial novel, 'The Catcher in the Rye,' and his reclusive nature. In terms of 'Ghost in the Shell,' he is significant as he also wrote a short story called 'The Laughing Man' from which a character takes his name. The phrase incorporated into Laughing Man’s logo, ‘I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes,’ is actually a quotation from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’.

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