Tuesday, June 2, 2009

More Farai, less Kanye, please

Professional megalomaniac Kanye West has a new book out, but don't think that means he cottons to readin' 'n' shit. West opines:

"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. I like to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life," he said.

West, a college dropout, said being a non-reader was helpful when he wrote his book because it gave him "a childlike purity." Read more...

Eager for more wisdom from a man who disdains literacy but really digs "mutts" as video girls (Oh yeah, that's a real quote from His Royal Kanyeness: "If it wasn't for race mixing there'd be no video girls. Me and most of our friends like mutts a lot. Yeah, in the hood they call 'em mutts".)? Then you should pick up West's new tome: "Thank You and You're Welcome."

His book is 52 pages -- some blank, others with just a few words -- and offers his optimistic philosophy on life. One two-page section reads, "Life is 5% what happens and 95% how you react!" Another page reads "I hate the word hate!"

"This is a collection of thoughts and theories," West, 31, said in an interview about his spiral-bound volume, which was written with J. Sakiya Sandifer.

West said he put his thoughts in a book because "I get paraphrased and misquoted all the time." He calls his wisdom "Kanye-isms."

Um....yeah...I think I'm gonna save my money. Something tells me that I can live without additional Kanye-isms. And I hope that all those young folks who look up to Mr. West (Shudder), especially the African-American ones who so need good education to even a still-unequal playing field, will pay more attention to the dude's beats than his life wisdom.

On a related note, for those of us not put off by books that "be so wordy," the brilliant Farai Chideya has a new book out--a novel called "Kiss the Sky." I downloaded it to my Kindle last night. It's about a black female rock star, so you know I am all over it. Rock music. Farai Chideya. New book. Kindle. Aahhh...I have almost washed the taste of Kanye's ignorance from my mouth!

Hear Chideya discuss her latest book.


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