More about the book, which came out this fall, here. And more about the the book and a film, My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams, here (but you'll be at a site with commercials....).
The book, indeed fragments, handwritten and typewritten, with charming misspellings and bursts of her natural sincerity side by side with marvelous sophistications, sucks you right in. So do the photographs, as always.
Here's something she wrote: "I love poetry and poets." There are recipes and business letters, fragments of lines she was learning. (I recognized lines from Bus Stop, for instance.)
And I was struck by this:
I'm finding that sincerity
is often taken for sheer stupidity
but since it is not a sincere world--
it's very probable that being sincere is stupid.
She continues with this idea, and it's certainly something I've observed in our cynical and sophisticated world. If you speak as clearly and directly as possible, some people assume you are just plain stupid. Sigh....
Right now we are in a simple, direct, and sincere season. I wish you well as the year ends and another begins. Marilyn had a sweet little Christmas reunion with Joe DiMaggio, mentioned in Fragments. May you have good visits with friends and family. And stay alive.
And if you think diamonds are a girl's best friends, take a look at these Fragments.