Michael loved to read,
many had testified on his reading habit, and also was caught in the bookstore
Michael Jackson's Lawyer, Bob Sanger, Talks to West Coast Sound About the Pop Star, His Life -- and His Reading Habits
[here are few excerpt of the article]
"We talked about psychology, Freud and Jung, Hawthorne, sociology, black history and sociology dealing with race issues. But he was very well read in the classics of psychology and history and literature."
"He loved to read. He had over 10,000 books at his house."
"And there were places that he liked to sit, and you could see the books with his bookmarks in it, with notes and everything in it where he liked to sit and read. And I can tell you from talking to him that he had a very - especially for someone who was self-taught, as it were, and had his own reading list - he was very well-read. And I don't want to say that I'm well-read, but I've certainly read a lot, let's put it that way, and I enjoy philosophy and history and everything myself, and it was very nice to talk to him, because he was very intellectual, and he liked to talk about those things. But he didn't flaunt it, and it was very seldom that he would initiate the conversation like that, but if you got into a conversation like that with him, he was there."
"And few people really had the opportunity the have these intellectual discussions about great thinkers and writers. Freud and Jung - go down the street and try and find five people who can talk about Freud and Jung."
The Bodyguards' testimony of Michael's reading habit
"Anytime he was going into a bookstore he wasn't buying one or two books. No. You know, he was easily walking out with...
Q: Did he read all of the books that he bought?
"I believe so.."
"As much knowledge, as being around him, we learned something every day just going to work. I'll tell you that right now"
"I think he was also just very big on knowledge, and that was the way he ...fed his kids that, you know very big on them being educated ... very..."
Prince Michael brought over an oversized book on collectable toys, barely able to carry it. He said in the cutest little voice; "Dad, can I have this" Michael lovingly smiled and asked if he was going to read it. He replied, "Yes."
He wanted books on black folk music, books by Roald Dahl (including James and the Giant Peach), and something on Versailles. I would send my troops to look for the books and hand the findings to Jesus. On a previous visit, my dad had helped him, and he picked out books on Howard Hughes, dictionaries and first edition children's books.
..he spent $6,000 in books and allowed anyone in his group to take books. Although the people in his entourage did choose some, they did not seem as excited about shopping for books.
"He was a longtime and valued customer," a store representative of art and architecture bookstore Hennessey + Ingalls said Thursday. "We'll miss him."
"He loved the poetry section," Dave Dutton said as Dirk chimed in that Ralph Waldo Emerson was Jackson's favorite. "I think you would find a great deal of the transcendental, all-accepting philosophy in his lyrics."
"It was Rose who instilled in me a love of books
and literature that sustains me today.
I read everything I could get my hands on.
New cities meant new places to shop.
We loved to shop, especially in bookstores and department stores,"
~ Michael Jackson, Moonwalk
"She [Miss Rose Fine] taught me the wonderful world of books and reading
and I wouldn't be the same person if it wasn't for her."
~ Michael Jackson
MJ: "I watch cartoons. I love cartoons. I play video games. Sometimes I read."
Q: "You mean you read books?"
MJ: "Yeah. I love to read short stories and everything."
Q: "Any in particular?"
MJ: "Somerset Maugham.. Whitman. Hemingway. Twain."
"I love to read.
I wish I could advise more people to read.
There’s a whole other world in books.
If you can’t afford to travel, you travel mentally through reading.
You can see anything and go any place you want to in reading."
~ Michael Jackson, 1984
LoL.. oh mike!! :p