I didn’t intend to pick on a celebrity again, but someone needs to give these people a reality check. That’s especially true when Kanye West basically says being a non-reader helped him be a better author.
Good on journalist Mark Egan for the almost snarky opening paragraph:
Rapper Kanye West does not read books or respect them but nevertheless he has written one that he would like you to buy and read.
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So does he fancy himself a modern-day Confucius?
“I’m trying to end the confusion,” he said, laughing and adding, “I’m gonna put that on the next album.”
You see, Kanye West is writing a “book,” and I use that term loosely. “Thank You And You’re Welcome” is a compilation of sometimes blank pages or pages with only a phrase or two of Kanye-isms, or thoughts and philosophies, that he put together with co-author J. Sakiya Sandifer. He did because he was getting “paraphrased” and “misquoted.” It contains such gems as:
“I feel like to misuse, overuse or abuse someone is negative. To use is necessary and if you can’t be used, then you are useless.”
“I hate the word hate!”
He dedicated it to his late mother, a college English professor, who must be rolling over in her grave–because he actually thinks his non-reader status as being beneficial. It adds a “childlike purity.”
“Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed,” West said. “I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.”
“I am a proud non-reader of books.”
Even I had trouble reading that. There’s a reason why children don’t really write books, and I’m betting that’s why he needed a co-author on a 52-page book.
Caveat: I like some of Kanye’s music, and I’m usually able to separate the artist from the music. However, my enjoyment of his music gets overshadowed by the high regard in which he holds himself. That’s why I will never buy his music–or his book. I think there’s something wrong with an industry that publishes (and rewards) a self-described book hater with a book.
Instead, why don’t we all visit South Park Studios and watch “Fishsticks”?