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May 1, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
I've outgrown J.D. Salinger, and I don't know where that leaves me. I was 10 when my father handed me "The Catcher in the Rye," and I found not just a voice for all the wild despair and sudden inexplicable elation of adolescence but an acknowledgement that these feelings did not occur in a vacuum. Salinger reached into the "vale of tears" catechism of my Irish Catholic upbringing and lifted me out by my hair — don't listen, he said, they're all phonies, just keep your eyes open for small moments of beauty, and you will find them between the lies and the obscenities.
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March 3, 2014 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times travel editor
If you fly JetBlue or Southwest, rent a car from National or Enterprise, stay at a Homewood Suites, a Staybridge Suites or a Drury hotel, a Four Seasons or a Ritz-Carlton, your trip will probably be marked by good customer service. Those brands on Monday were named Customer Service Champions by J.D. Power, which analyzed feedback from customers about nine industries, including travel. Customers evaluated their experience based on what J.D. Power calls the five Ps: people, presentation, price, process and product.
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BUSINESS
May 10, 2008 | Martin Zimmerman, Times Staff Writer
Is Mercury headed for the junkyard? Speculation is mounting that Ford Motor Co., preoccupied with reviving its Ford and Lincoln brands, might decide to retire the Mercury nameplate rather than spend scarce resources trying to restore its former luster. Despite denials from Ford, the conjecture got a boost last week when Jerome York, a former auto executive and advisor to billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian, said shedding the brand would be a smart move for the struggling automaker.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
After years of improving car reliability, automakers have shifted into reverse while attempting to exact better fuel economy and add in-dash technology, J.D. Power & Associates reported in its 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Owners of 3-year-old vehicles reported more problems than in the same study from the prior year, the automotive research firm said Wednesday. It was the first increase in problems reported since 1998. The slip in quality might be the first sign in a trend toward declining reliability in cars, according to the firm, whose research identified transmissions and infotainment systems as key trouble spots.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1992 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J. D. Power & Associates in Agoura Hills is nearly synonymous with car research, which Power has earned by publishing customer-satisfaction surveys and other analyses for the world's auto makers for more than a decade. But that isn't stopping AutoPacific Group Inc. of Santa Ana from trying to muscle in on parts of Power's business.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Buzzfeed is reporting that three previously unavailable stories by J.D. Salinger have been leaked online this evening, apparently in PDF and other versions of a small print book. The collection, titled “Three Stories,” and featuring a plain black cover, includes “Birthday Boy,” “Paula” and “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls.” The latter piece is a precursor, of sorts, to “The Catcher in the Rye,” detailing the death of Holden Caulfield's brother, named Kenneth in the story, not Allie as he is in the finished book.
NEWS
August 5, 1988 | KATHERINE STEPHEN
When he was 17, a provincial, intensely literary young man discovered a blue hardback in a secondhand bookstore in a northern English town. The book was "The Catcher in the Rye." That novel, published in 1951, was by the hitherto barely known American writer, J. D. Salinger. By the time the young Englishman, Ian Hamilton, discovered it, the book had already achieved critical acclaim and become a best-seller. But unknown to Hamilton, it was becoming clear that the book was more than that.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2012 | By E. Scott Reckard
Nearly 10% of bank customers switched to another financial institution last year, with a third saying onerous fees prompted the move, a J.D. Power & Associates study found. The 9.6% who moved their money compared to 8.7% in 2010 and 7.7% in 2009 - an increase the study attributed to a backlash against increased fees, coupled with poor service and unmet customer expectations. “It is apparent that new or increased fees are the proverbial straws that break the camel's back,” said Michael Beird, director of Power's banking services practice.
BOOKS
May 21, 2002 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to the Times
"J.D. Salinger is about as likely to discuss his writing craft on national television as he is to respond to any of the letters in this book," admits Will Hochman in "Letters to J.D. Salinger," a book he co-edited with Chris Kubica collecting epistolary thoughts composed to Salinger by readers, fellow writers and scholars. The fact that no response can be expected from the recluse author is a primary reason for the book. Salinger's work has always stirred fiery emotion in his readers and there's dammed-up frustration among his fans due to his immutable silence of nearly four decades.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Buzzfeed is reporting that three previously unavailable stories by J.D. Salinger have been leaked online this evening, apparently in PDF and other versions of a small print book. The collection, titled “Three Stories,” and featuring a plain black cover, includes “Birthday Boy,” “Paula” and “The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls.” The latter piece is a precursor, of sorts, to “The Catcher in the Rye,” detailing the death of Holden Caulfield's brother, named Kenneth in the story, not Allie as he is in the finished book.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Online lender Quicken Loans sits atop J.D. Power & Associates' survey of mortgage customer satisfaction for a fourth straight year. Quicken rated 841 overall out of a possible 1,000, according to J.D. Power, a Westlake Village market researcher. The Detroit-based lender received top ratings in all categories: the application and approval process, interactions with loan representatives, the closing experience, and level and quality of contact. BB&T Corp. of Winston-Salem, N.C., ranked second at 798 with high scores in all categories.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
When Shane Salerno turned 40 last year, he decided it was finally time to let his obsession go. The screenwriter, best known for his collaborations with Michael Bay ("Armageddon") and Oliver Stone ("Savages"), had toiled for close to a decade trying to document the mysterious life of J.D. Salinger. The author of the bestselling "The Catcher in the Rye" had stopped publishing in 1965 and retreated from the public spotlight, leaving fans to wonder why - and to guess about what he had been doing in the 45 years until his death in 2010.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
J.D. Salinger spent almost half a century hiding in plain sight. This is perhaps the most interesting revelation both in David Shields and Shane Salerno's oral biography “Salinger” and its accompanying documentary (which opens this week in New York and Los Angeles) - that far from being a recluse in the traditional sense, Salinger led, for a while anyway, an unexpectedly connected life. He traveled, he saw friends, he raised children. He interacted with the townspeople of Cornish, N.H., and Windsor, Vt. And, it is now confirmed, he wrote: at least five volumes of material that is scheduled to be published over the next several years, as well as a copious store of letters to acquaintances, admirers and romantic partners, some of which are quoted in Shields and Salerno's book.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It's almost dizzying: J.D. Salinger, the most famous yet reclusive author of the 20th century, is now being propelled into the spotlight with a documentary, a mammoth, deeply researched biography and, reportedly, five never-before-published books. He couldn't have planned a better publicity juggernaut if he tried. “He's going to have a second act unlike any writer in history ,” biography co-author Shane Salerno told the New York Times. “There's no precedent for this.” The book "Salinger," written by Salerno and David Shields, will be published by Simon & Schuster on Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Elisabeth Donnelly
In the first week of September, Shane Salerno and David Shields' massive biography "Salinger" will go on sale, and before the week is out, the documentary "Salinger," written and directed by Salerno, will open in more than 200 theaters. When it comes to documentaries, that's huge -- it's being positioned to be an art-house blockbuster. So the teasers are coming. An exclusive USA Today preview Wednesday showcased a never-before-seen photograph of Salinger in uniform with three counterintelligence buddies after the invasion of Normandy.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2010
Salinger's public face The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington has installed a portrait of "The Catcher in the Rye" author J.D. Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91. The museum hung a portrait by Robert Vickery on Monday in a first-floor gallery designated for remembrance of people who have died recently. The portrait depicts Salinger against a metaphorical amber wave of grain. The image appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1961. -- associated press Dell's firm buys Magnum trove Billionaire Michael Dell's investment firm, MSD Capital LP, has acquired about 185,000 vintage photographic prints from the Magnum Photos agency in what is thought to be among the largest photo transactions in history.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Fifty years ago, J.D. Salinger was a bestseller.  In June 1963, Salinger was making top 10 lists with his book "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters," which also included "Seymour: An Introduction. " That the two long stories (or short novellas) had previously been published in the New Yorker -- in 1955 and 1959, respectively -- didn't quell readers' eagerness to buy the book. For Throwback Thursday, we're sharing our 1963 review -- back then the hardcover, published by Little, Brown, cost $4. L.A. Times book critic Robert Kirsh wrote that Salinger, "in a homey note," explained the purpose of pairing the two pieces together.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
The fictional writer A.N. Dyer - Andrew to his family - is dying as David Gilbert's new novel "& Sons" opens. Dyer is a New York writer in the mold of J.D. Salinger: When he was in his 20s, he wrote a book about his New England prep school, a novel whose portrait of teenage angst and white privilege was a success rivaling that of "The Catcher in the Rye. " Dyer is "the quintessential New York writer. " And his gloomy presence is at the heart of "& Sons," whose most notable achievement is its portrait of that most respected and mysterious of artistic types: the great novelist.
AUTOS
June 19, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
General Motors Co. brands made a big jump in the rankings of the 2013 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, which examines the problems drivers encounter during the first 90 days of owning a new vehicle. Porsche topped the list - it regularly ranks near the top - but the GMC truck division of GM was second, up from 12th last year. GMC was followed by Lexus, Infiniti and GM's Chevrolet division. Including Buick and Cadillac, all four GM brands, scored above the industry average. It was the best showing for an American automaker.
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