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J.D. Salinger’s Leaked Book ‘Catches’ Literary PR Off-Guard

salingerIt was the day before Thanksgiving, and all through the house, no PR creature was stirring when J.D. Salinger rose from the dead and dropped three new books on the world. The aloof, cantankerous and marvelously talented Jerome David Salinger died January 2010, but he’s still making headlines just as mysteriously as he made them when he penned the American classic “The Catcher in the Rye” in 1951, following his service to our country in World War II.

What makes this all-the-more juicy is that Salinger’s posthumous headline comes as a result of an online leak. Really? I’m willing to bet a Pulitzer if J.D. Salinger was still alive, the last thing he would do is tweet a musing to the tune, “What up, peeps. It’s me #JDS. Just dropped my first novel in 60 years. #DontCallItAComeback.”

Nonetheless, there it is … and the PR types were nowhere.

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Hillary Clinton Can’t Stand Holden Caulfield

Today in (Fake) Media Scandals: You may have heard of a controversial article published in The Atlantic this summer in which columnist and former State Department director of policy planning Anne-Marie Slaughter lamented the fact that many modern women cannot possibly live up to the superhuman expectations they face as both mothers and professionals.

(We’re sure it was a great piece; please don’t tell our friends we haven’t read it yet.)

Fast forward to this week, when Marie Claire published an extensive “farewell” interview with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Interviewer Ayelet Waldman asked Clinton about Slaughter’s piece and the SoS seemed to agree with her thesis, noting that while “Some women are not comfortable working at the pace and intensity you have to work at in these jobs”, others can juggle multiple children and demanding careers without “break[ing] a sweat.” Different strokes…

The next paragraph moved into a discussion about “whiners”, a class of people for whom Clinton has little patience. She wasn’t afraid to make a forceful point: “I can’t stand the kind of paralysis that some people fall into…You live in a time when there are endless choices…Do Something!”

Sounds like Hillary might have been referring to the women in Slaughter’s article who find themselves paralyzed by the unreasonable demands of modern life, doesn’t it?

That’s what the scoop-hungry bloggers at Politico, Jezebel and The Huffington Post thought. We can see why—in emails to journalists, Marie Claire’s PR people hyped the story by implying that the quote referred directly to Slaughter’s article. But the subsequent headlines about Hillary knocking on women who whine about “having it all” weren’t quite accurate; the Secretary said so herself. Here’s the missing section of the interview:  Read more