Ok, someone tell me why I bother please? Rapper Kanye West – a self proclaimed ‘proud non-reader’ – has co-written a book. It may only be 52 pages long, most graced with only a few words and some with none at all, but that isn’t the point, the point is that someone published it.
According to Today, West said he put his thoughts in a book because “I get paraphrased and misquoted all the time.” He calls his wisdom “Kanye-isms.” Yuck yuck yuck. And I know the more cynical of you out there will be thinking “shut up and be grateful that the profits from something with an inflated profile like this could be channelled into funding serious literature, or at least good reads.”
But honestly, the man went onto say: “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. . . I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.”
He can take the “childish purity” he claims that his failure to read has bequeathed on Thank You and You’re Welcome and shove it up his pretentious, self righteous ass. The hypocrisy is astounding, I wish I could think of a way to make money out of something while simultaneously rubbishing the whole art form.