NEW YORK – Musings about life, literature and other rarely seen writings by Marilyn Monroe will be published this fall.

Farrar, Straus & Giroux announced Tuesday that “Fragments” would come out in October. Editor Courtney Hodell said the book would include poems, photographs, reflections on third husband Arthur Miller and other men in Monroe’s life, and references to works by Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and numerous other authors.

“I think the book will show that she was a really thoughtful person with a real interior life,” Hodell said. “She was a great reader and someone with real writing flair. There are fragments of poetry that are really quite beautiful, lines that stop you in your tracks.”

The book features a long essay about Monroe’s first husband, James Dougherty; notes about acting and the roles she was working on; lists of resolutions and a letter to acting coach Lee Strasberg. Monroe wrote on everything from spiral bound notebooks to stationery from the Waldorf Astoria.

The writings date from 1943, when Monroe was a teenager, to near the end of her life. Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home in 1962 at age 36, her death ruled a probable suicide, although theories of murder have proliferated

Trekkies will be star-struck


If the name Gene Roddenberry makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, read on.

A collection of personal stuff belonging to the man who created “Star Trek” is headed for the auction block June 27 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

The auction items will be meaningful to “Star Trek” fans, says William “Capt. Kirk” Shatner.

Up for sale: Hand-annotated scripts, costumes from the show and Roddenberry’s own studio pass. Proceeds will go to the Roddenberry Foundation, which awards grants that support children, education and the environment.

Shatner will get in on the auction, too. He’ll sell his custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle, his Golden Globe nomination certificate and the plaque that came with his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 1983.

Sci-fi writer faces facts, pays


PORT HURON, Mich. – A Canadian science fiction writer who refused to comply during a U.S. customs inspection has avoided jail in Michigan.

Fifty-two-year-old Peter Watts of Toronto on Monday avoided a 60-day jail sentence imposed by Circuit Court Judge James Adair by paying more than $1,500 in fines and fees.

Watts faced up to two years in prison after a St. Clair County jury in Port Huron found him guilty of obstructing and resisting a police officer.

Watts was trying to cross into Canada at the Blue Water Bridge Dec. 8 when his vehicle was selected for inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

‘Seinfeld’ actor not cited after L.A. mishap

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles police say “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander struck a 14-year-old bicyclist while driving, but the boy wasn’t seriously injured.

Police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman says Alexander hit the biker Tuesday along Wilshire Boulevard in the Mid-City area.

Eisenman says Alexander stopped and waited for police and wasn’t cited.

She says the boy suffered minor injuries and was in stable condition when he was taken to a hospital for examination.


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