The King of Pop was not only a musical genius but an avid reader. In his home he had an elaborate library filled up with about 10,000 books. Who knew the one-gloved-man was such a bookworm!
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One of Michael Jackson’s favorite books was Peter Pan by James Barrie hence the name of his home, Neverland Ranch. He even owned a first edition of the book. Interestingly enough, Jackson’s attorney, Bob Sanger, revealed that the legendary pop singer was very well-read, consuming all genres, from books about psychology to history and literature. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was also a favorite. Sanger said Michael knew a lot about a plethora of things including the jury system.
As reported by The L.A. Weekly , Sanger recalled a moment during Jackson’s infamous court proceedings which exemplified his extensive knowledge gained from reading:
We stand up and the judge leaves, and Michael turns to me and says, ‘Bob, the jury system is much older than 200 years, isn’t it?’ I said, ‘Well, yeah, it goes back to the Greeks.’ He says, ‘Oh yeah, Socrates had a jury trial, didn’t he?’ I said, ‘Yeah, well, you know how it turned out for him.’ Michael says, ‘Yeah, he had to drink the hemlock.” Jackson loved reading about everything and could hold conversations about sociology, psychology and currents news.
It makes sense he regularly went to bookstores and was a regular valued customer at Dutton Books, Hennessey + Ingalls, and other bookstores around the area in which he lived. He sometimes called to close the store early, in order to shop for books in private. In an interview, one of the bookstore owners Dave Dutton told The LA Times that “he loved the poetry section,” and, Dirk Dutton added, Ralph Waldo Emerson was Jackson’s favorite
“I think you would find a great deal of the transcendental, all-accepting philosophy in his lyrics.”
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