Monday, July 13, 2009

Will Kanye Read His Own Book?

Wif All Due Utmost Respect: "I came up with the "I don't like books because they is 'too wordy'" line multiple years ago. So no offence, KW, I'm just speaking truth. I read da pages you put together here and they were most profitic. Some people gonna give you hard time and say you write like a 6-year-old or maybe you should go back to elementary school and you know they just a bunch a' haters, throwing rocks as the express train a life pass them by. …you are da king and this is the kinda quality we expect from you."—Navy Bean, Kanye's only five star reviewer on Amazon.com.

I enjoy the international flavor of Melvin Durai's humor. He was born in India, raised in Zambia and now lives in Canada. I asked permission to repost his article "Will Kanye Read His Own Book?" This book, dear writers, obviously meets the publisher's "sell books" requirement of having platform. I just wonder what they think they're selling. Wif Kanye's fan's five star review, who needs enemies? Sometimes to keep from crying ya gotta laugh at the insanity of some book deals.

Will Kanye Read His Own Book?

Kanye West does not believe in reading books. But he does believe in sharing his wisdom, so he has published a book called "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!"

Wow, Kanye, did you come up with those yourself?

Apparently not.

The book has only 52 pages, yet Kanye needed help from J. Sakiya Sandifer, a motivational speaker and "thinker" who apparently does not read books either.

TEC: What books do you like to read?

JSS: Honestly, I don't read much. Non reader-life inspires me. That's what I write about. Life how I see it—recording my thoughts on paper. Think think think and think again were past conversations I had that incorporated real life situations.

So here we have two guys who don't read books, but want us to buy theirs, just in case we're eager to read "Kanye-isms" such as: "Get used to being used." (Yeah, especially if you buy the book.)

West's derision of books comes despite the fact that his late mother, Donda West, was a university English professor before she retired to manage his music career. She died in 2007 of complications following cosmetic surgery.

"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."

Me neither, Kanye. It would be kinda scary — a book autographing itself.

It's a good thing you're not self-absorbed, Kanye. Otherwise, your book might have been 60 pages or something.

Thanks, But—No Thanks

VenonPen wrote on Amazon.com's 1 star Customer Reviews, "The fact is, sometimes genius is hidden very deep inside the words of a great tome. In this case, the genius is hidden so well, it may never be found. I will keep it next to my copy of Milton's L'Allegro in hopes that the depth of both books help to level my coffee table."

If you want to read more laugh out loud reviews of Kanye's book, click here.

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