"When news broke in early 2009 of Michael Jackson’s return to Los Angeles, it was not via reports of him being spotted dining at the Ivy or dancing at the hottest new Hollywood club but book-shopping in Santa Monica.
"He was a longtime and valued customer," a store representative of art and architecture bookstore Hennessey + Ingalls said Thursday. "We’ll miss him."
"If Jackson’s bookstore appearance surprised his pop fans, it was nothing new for booksellers. A few years ago, Doug Dutton, proprietor of then-popular Dutton’s Books in Brentwood, was at a dinner with people from Book Soup, Skylight and other area bookstores.
"Someone mentioned that Michael Jackson had been in their store," Dutton said by phone Thursday, "And everybody said he’d shopped in their store too…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."
…I’ll play along for now with this account of how Emerson dealt with death, from Stephen Barnes (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.