Archives: January 2010
NEW YORK (AP) – J.D. Salinger, the legendary author, youth hero and fugitive from fame whose “The Catcher in the Rye” shocked and inspired a world he increasingly shunned, has died. He was 91.
Salinger died of natural causes at his home on Wednesday, the author’s son said in a statement from Salinger’s literary representative. He had lived for decades in self-imposed isolation in the small, remote house in Cornish, N.H.
“The Catcher in the Rye,” with its immortal teenage protagonist, the twisted, rebellious Holden Caulfield, came out in 1951, a time of anxious, Cold War conformity and the dawn of modern adolescence. The Book-of-the-Month Club, which made “Catcher” a featured selection, advised that for “anyone who has ever brought up a son” the novel will be “a source of wonder and delight – and concern.”
Read the whole post here.
LAT doesn’t have their obit up. We’ll post more as we get them.
This is one way to keep students off the streets. Get them elbow deep covering the waves of senseless violence in central LA. And way to score free labor, LAT. Nothing says “respectful vigil” like having it covered by undergrads.
The Los Angeles Times and USC’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism today announced a collaboration to produce stories for The Times’ Homicide Report blog.
Under the partnership, students from USC will write dispatches for the Homicide Report. Among the goals is to provide more content for the blog and to offer crime-reporting experience to student journalists from Neon Tommy, the publication of Annenberg Digital News.
This partnership coincides with the re-launch this week of the Homicide Report, which now features a searchable database and an interactive map of the more than 2,600 killings in L.A. County in the last three years.
Still, we’re glad to see the Homicide Report back.
This sketch is from 2006, only now it’s actually funny.
Thanks to Cagle.com for catching this vagina joke.
So LA Weekly‘s serial killer reporter Christine Pelisek wrote a piece about Rodney Alcala who is believed to have murdered and raped several women. His convictions have been overturned on various technicalities over the years. Well, here is Alcala as Bachelor Number One on The Dating Show in 1978. He’s the one who wins.
Pelisek whole story is here.
Thanks to Erin Broadley for posting this. We’re going to need a combo of Paxil and Comet to recover.
Our sister blog eBookNewser has all the details from the news conference today in San Francisco:
2:20 The publishing world’s collective jaw dropped as Jobs put up the final price point for the basic iPad: $499. Gizmodo has the rest of the price range: “And the 3G models cost an extra $130, so $629, $729 and $829 for the 3G-capable models.”
And yes, our first reaction is, “iPad my bra.”
Photo credit engadget.com
Our favorite newsroom fit-for-daytime drama has another chapter.
LAT’s Carol J. Williams writes:
Santa Barbara News-Press journalists fired in a dispute with the publisher over control of the paper’s news content lost a round in court Tuesday when a federal appeals panel declined to order them reinstated.
The 2-1 decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals was a legal victory for News-Press owner and Publisher Wendy McCaw in her ongoing battle with employees who contend her intrusions damage the paper’s journalistic integrity.
The employees’ dispute with McCaw became public in the summer of 2006, when five top editors resigned to protest what she characterized as efforts to correct biased reporting.
Dozens more journalists left over the next year and circulation dropped as writers and editors urged readers to cancel their subscriptions to show support for editorial independence
SB media blogger Craig Smith writes:
After 10 months of waiting, the wait is finally over. And, if you were rooting for the fired newsroom employees of the Santa Barbara News-Press, it was hardly worth waiting for.
Read his full take here.
Previously on FBLA:
Do these people know nothing about foreshadowing? We’re just kidding. They don’t. But this is such a typical in-a-law-suit-one-day-and-in-a-feature-the-next Hollywood story. Conan O’Brien of all people is working with NBC of all companies again.
The untitled O’Brien project, known as “Justice,” was written by John Eisendrath. Described as a new take on a law show with a larger-than-life character at the center, it follows an ex-Supreme Court justice who quits the Court to start his own legal practice.
Eisendrath is executive producing, with O’Brien, his longtime executive producer Jeff Ross and Conaco’s David Kissinger also expected to serve as exec producers.
As part of O’Brien’s $33 million settlement with NBC, his NBC-based company was to continue to operate at NBC Uni through the end of the development season.
Previously on FBLA: