If You Really Want to Hear About It: J.D. Salinger Dea—

Jan 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

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.

–Chuck Ross


  1. This is an absolutely idiotic and totally unwarranted attack on a gifted writer whose only “crime” was to protect his privacy from thoughtless fools like the editors of TV Week.

  2. Ah-Hem…a little levity, Mr. Black?

  3. This is why TV Week is considered a joke to most people and it’s writers/editors probably couldn’t pass fifth grade English classes.
    Whoever wrote this is a heartless, cruel and unfunny pathetic excuse for a person who thinks that if they make sad little jokes like this that people will like them. Look at your life, you loser.

  4. There’s a time and a place for levity. Journalism is definitely not the place. TVWeek is becoming less and less like journalism and more and more The Daily Show. Note that Daily Show is NOT journalism.

  5. Salinger was anal, and we all know it. Dead, or alive.

  6. And neither is “FOX News!!!”

  7. …and to think TV Week was once a great TV trade magazine. Reading the headlines on here, you’d think this site was targeted to junior-high students.

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