J.D. Salinger still isn't ready for public consumption. Brandeis University had wanted to present the author of "The Catcher in the Rye" with a creative arts award but the reclusive Salinger, 71, turned it down and wrote a letter saying he wanted the university to "issue a public statement acknowledging its mistake." Salinger, who has a policy of not accepting awards, wrote that he felt advance publicity about the event brought unwanted public attention on him and mistakenly led people to believe he would show up to receive the award. "We never meant to imply he was coming," a Brandeis spokesman said. "People saw his name and made a connection."