“If you’re a writer, you need to quit that newspaper. Newspapers serve no purpose. And publishing is the worst person could do.”- J. D. Salinger via veteran journalist Betty Eppes
It’s impossible to avoid publishing industry and press these days if you earn a living as an author. You must deal with it regardless of the fact that you like them or loathe them.
And Salinger himself even indicated different attitudes towards journalists and news outlets. He once phoned a jurnalist of American media only to warn the press that he disliked them. He is thus not a hermit by any definition. Hermits don’t reach out. They stay in their nutshells, just like a hermit crab.