Bookends: Aug. 24, 1987

POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE

by Carrie Fisher

Simon & Schuster; 221 pages; $15.95

"It struck me today that the people that have had an impact on me are the people who didn't make it. Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift, Lenny Bruce, Janis Joplin, John Belushi . . . In our culture these people are heroes . . . It's the one thing I cling to in here: Wow, I'm hip now, like the dead people." So writes Actress Suzanne Vale, 29, whose diary of her 30 days in a Los Angeles drug rehabilitation clinic forms the strongest part of this...