Mesmerizing Marilyn

Marilyn Monroe, 1954 on Long Island.  Photo by Eve Arnold.

I love this image of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses for 3 reasons:

  • It dispels stereotypes that beauty and intelligence do not go hand-in-hand. (Have you ever read Ulysses?  This book is no joke.)
  • It shows me that sometimes its okay to just read a book.  (Sometimes I forget to take time do the things just for the act of doing them, without any ulterior motive.  Reading a book falls into this category).
  • It shows that the unexpected is sometimes the most interesting. (Marilyn Monroe, arguably the ultimate sex symbol, isn’t posed or even paying attention- yet she is completely captivating).



What are you reading right now?  What does getting lost in a book mean to you?





  1. oooh. lets see I’m reading Housetraining Puppies for Dummies and some smutty Twilight Fan Fiction. I have my eye on Jane Eyre, but we’ll see if I can get beyond my current Twilight and dog poop fascination and read something a little more non-embarrassing.

  2. love love love this picture. thanks so much for sharing :-)

  3. I read constantly – usually have several books going at a time and report on them in my blog via the Teetering Book Stack reviews! I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t read! I’m currently re-reading the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for bookgroup, The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman, and have just begun The Poisonwood Bible for Oct. bookgroup. Also The Sorcerers House which I’m not quite certain whether I like or not 😀

  4. I just finished Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita by Ram Dass. I loved it. Extremely thought provoking and compelling. That image of Marilyn is so lovely and innocent. Thanks for sharing.

  5. That is so awesome…I don’t read for pleasure nearly enough either!

  6. I’m with you on all those three reasons. I am currently reading Passion India by Javier Moro. Such an interesting read, I’m only now discovering this writer. xo

  7. I’ve never seen this image nor been a fan of Monroe; however, I love this….for all the same reasons you’ve listed.
    Now that school has started, I doubt I’ll be picking up a book for any leisurely reading any time soon. BUT, I just finished The Help about a week ago. I. Loved. It. I love books that take are in set in the southeast during that era. Such a different world than the one I know. There’s so much mystery there, it seems.

  8. I have Ulysses on my shelf but have yet to read it. Every time I open it, my eyes glaze over. Maybe I’ll give it another shot.

  9. Love your reasons for loving the picture… Ulysses really is no joke, I didn’t even understand Dubliners properly…

  10. I’ve never seen this image of Marilyn I absolutely adore it for all the reasons you mentioned. Plus she’s wearing colorful stripes which I’m a sucker for. I am always reading something. I just finished the Hunger Game series (awesome by the way) and now I’m reading Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking.

  11. OH! And I LOVE Ulysses and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I diiiig that she’s reading this.

  12. I used to be an avid reader before my kids and my business came….I used to love loose myself in a book and many times I pulled all-nighter because I couldn’t wait for the ending. These days I read much less cause I can use all the sleep I can get, but I do love to read murder mysteries. My favorite is Archy McNally series and Murder She Bake series. I also enjoy reading certain self-help and inspirational books. I just finished reading Devil’s Food Cake Murder and The Secret.

  13. Now that I have a month off from school, I get to read some books that AREN’T textbooks, I’m sooo excited!

  14. This is a great shot. I love what it represents.
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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