Letters written by J. D. Salinger to a spiritual mentor have been donated to a New York City museum. The Morgan Library & Museum, based in Manhattan, announced Tuesday that it will receive 28 letters by the author of ‘‘The Catcher in the Rye.’’ The letters were written to Swami Vivekananda, founder of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, which donated the correspondence. Salinger, who died in 2010 at age 91, was strongly influenced by Eastern religion and philosophy and even mentioned Swami Vivekananda in the story ‘‘Hapworth 16, 1924.’’ Materials given to the Morgan Library also include letters the center wrote to Salinger and exchanges between the center and Salinger’s widow, Colleen O’Neill. The Morgan will exhibit two of the donated letters April 12-19. The museum already had 24 Salinger letters.
Guilty plea for Bagley
A former actor on ABC’s ‘‘Pretty Little Liars’’ has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor larceny for lifting $7,000 in electronics and jewelry from a friend’s Manhattan apartment. Parker Bagley took the plea on Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court. The 23-year-old agreed to pay half of the $7,000 on Monday. The remainder is due in June. He had faced 3d-degree grand larceny, which carries up to seven years in prison. Bagley starred as Jason in the teen drama.
Brad Paisley’s collaboration with LL Cool J on ‘‘Accidental Racist,’’ a song about racial perception, has drawn ire from both the country and urban music worlds after its wide release. Paisley’s publicist says he isn’t giving interviews about the song. Paisley briefly addressed the debate Monday night on Twitter when he reposted a blog entry and noted the debate is ‘‘Cool.’’ He said his new album, ‘‘Wheelhouse,’’ ‘‘is meant to be FAR from easy listening.’’ LL Cool J’s publicist did not immediately respond to messages.
:I have no idea if I’m going to get married or be single forever or have a family or just be on my own. You know, paint in a cottage by the ocean by myself. I just have no idea and I’m kind of into that.” — Taylor Swift, to Wonderland magazine.