Writings by Michael... personal reflections. Some, apparently, were lyrics in process, because we encounter them also in songs. Forgive me for my judgement, but much of the poetry/lyric material contains crude rhyming that mars the beauty of the intent. He included illustrations with many of the writings. (They are commissioned art, for the most part, but a few are Michael's own drawings. All of them are lovely.)
There are many photos included... evidently ones Michael cherished as exemplifying of his ideal self-image, his beauty, his grace as a dancer, his performance highlights. Some are uncomfortable for me because they portray Michael's drive to create feminine beauty in himself, and I never understood that. For example, in one strikingly gorgeous facial shot, he's covered his surgically revised face in beautiful black lace and he's wearing delicate women's make-up. In many portrait photos he's wearing elaborate, period costumes... like a throned king, dressed all in red velvet and gold. His gold crown is sitting crooked on his head and he's grinning mischievously. All of the photos are wonderful to see if you love Michael. They are subject to much interpretation in the eye of the beholder.
For me (and I do love Michael) I suspect that to a degree, the writings and photos were contrived to be image-enhancing, not only for the sake of the public but also for Michael himself. At the same time they ARE truly personal. I believe that is Michael's riddle. He was knitted from a fabric of vanity, talent, grace, humor, shrewdness, fragility, dreams, innocence, spirituality, insecurities and vision. I wouldn't presume to attempt to unravel that.
Sometimes we glimpse spiritual insights from Michael about his reincarnation, his soul's life mission, the eternal nature of the soul and unconditional human love. My heart and gut tell me that these are sincere and valid. I know he has touched me in strange, deep ways far beyond "fan-hood". I have no idea why this is so. I guess it's true for you as well, or you would not be considering this book.
Read it. Find your own truths in it.
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY UK; 1 edition (1 July 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385403682
- ISBN-13: 978-0385403689
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.8 x 23.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 739 g
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