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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.
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.
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.
September 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Certainly one of the most interesting recent stories for box-office watchers has been the success of the Spanish-language film “Instructions Not Included.” After opening to a surprising $10.4 million on 347 screens last weekend, this weekend the film expanded to 717 screens to bring in just over $8 million for a new total of $20.3 million. “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy of a playboy who unexpectedly becomes a single father, starring, directed and co-written by Eugenio Derbez.
October 20, 2004
Re Pierre Salinger's Oct. 17 obituary: Mention is made of Salinger's poker playing. In 1973, we were filming "The Marseille Contract" in Paris that included a poker-playing sequence with Anthony Quinn. The participants included Variety's Gene Moskowitz, Paris based-novelist James Jones and Salinger, who proved to be a born actor. So much so that director Robert Parrish asked me to write an additional scene for him and Quinn. He was an accomplished poker player and "cleaned the clocks" of the other players.
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.
January 29, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Reclusive author J.D. Salinger will be given the full biography treatment, thanks to Shane Salerno, David Shields and Simon & Schuster. Shields and Salerno's "The Private War of J.D. Salinger" will be published by Simon & Schuster in September of this year. The author of "The Catcher in the Rye" famously withdrew from public life in 1953 and for more than 50 years closely guarded his privacy, including suing to prevent one biographer from using material from his unpublished letters.
January 23, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
J.D. Salinger A Life Kenneth Slawenski Random House: 450 pp., $27 A year after his death on Jan. 27, 2010, it's tough to know how to assess J.D. Salinger; there are too many loose ends. How can we miss a writer who removed himself from the public conversation nearly half a century before he died? At the same time, nothing in the last 12 months has suggested any loosening of the grip he maintained on his writing while he was alive. Whatever Salinger may have produced since his last published piece, the novella "Hapworth 16, 1924," appeared in the New Yorker in 1965 remains out of reach.
January 29, 2010 | By David L. Ulin
"Don't ever tell anybody anything," J.D. Salinger wrote in the closing lines of "The Catcher in the Rye. " "If you do, you start missing everybody. " For more than two decades now, I've thought about that ending as a piece of code. Not that Salinger, who died Wednesday at age 91 in Cornish, N.H., was an oracle, despite what his most dedicated followers -- those who hung around his driveway, hoping for a glimpse of the reclusive author, or parsed his sentences on a million websites -- might believe.
January 29, 2010 | By Elaine Woo
After "The Catcher in the Rye" exploded onto the literary scene in 1951, author J.D. Salinger had what every writer yearns for -- money, fame and critical acclaim. "Catcher" became a touchstone for the teenage culture just emerging in post-World War II America, and has remained one for every generation of youths since. But instead of basking in celebrity, Salinger walked away and slammed the door. After one brilliant novel, a novella and a couple of dozen short stories, he turned his back on the cult hunger for his writing and after 1965 refused to publish further.
September 6, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Joyce Maynard was intrigued when filmmaker Shane Salerno first came calling with his interest in interviewing her for his documentary on J.D. Salinger. Naturally, Maynard was cautious considering she is a well-regarded author of eight novels and a series of memoirs yet is still probably best known for her relationship with Salinger, which she documented in her 1998 memoir, "At Home in the World. " Yet Salerno, who began courting Maynard seven or eight years ago, kept at it until Maynard agreed to be interviewed in her home in California in 2007.
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.
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.
September 1, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
A plane carrying some people connected with the film "Salinger," a highly anticipated documentary about writer J.D. Salinger, crash-landed at Telluride Regional Airport in southwestern Colorado on Sunday afternoon. The left landing gear collapsed, and the Beechcraft 1900D turbo-prop skidded on its belly, but no injuries were reported to the 10 passengers and two crew members aboard, according to the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office. A warning light had indicated there was a problem with the equipment before landing, the sheriff's office said, so emergency crews were alerted and stood by as the plane touched down shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday.
August 28, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
When news emerged three years ago that filmmaker Shane Salerno and writer David Shields were working on a lengthy oral biography (with accompanying documentary) about J.D. Salinger, I assumed it would be all smoke and no fire. Salinger, after all, had gone to ground after the publication of his novella “Hapworth 16, 1924” in the June 19, 1965, issue of the New Yorker; even in the wake of his death, in January 2010 at age 91, his estate had preserved the silence of his final 45 years.
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.
June 2, 2009 | Associated Press
J.D. Salinger, the 90-year-old creator of "The Catcher in the Rye," as protective of his copyright as he is of his privacy, is seeking an injunction against the writer, publishers and distributor of a spinoff of the author's famous 1951 novel. Lawyers for Salinger filed the lawsuit in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, seeking to force a recall of what it says is a copycat book titled "60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye," by someone writing under the name John David California.
January 29, 2010
Excerpts Here is the opening of J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye," narrated by Holden Caulfield, a tormented prep-school flunk-out who is headed for mental collapse. If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
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.
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.
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