Sorry to have to say we’ve just received a "cease and desist" order from a lawyer claiming to represent the estate of J.D. Salinger.
In a statement e-mailed to us, the lawyer wrote: "I can neither confirm nor deny the death today of J.D. Salinger, 91, from natural causes, and we don’t want you to either. My client spent his entire life protecting Holden Caulfield, keeping Hollywood at bay, and that’s not going to change now, regardless of the condition of Mr. Salinger, such condition that I can neither confirm nor deny. As yours is a publication associated with Hollywood, my client wants nothing to do with it, and neither do I."
OK, we didn’t really get a note from a lawyer, but it would not have surprised us if we had. And yes, Salinger, a truly wonderful writer, has died. He was equally as protective of his privacy as he was adamant about not letting Hollywood get its hands on his classic novel "Catcher in the Rye." Some of those who tried included Billy Wilder, Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein.