“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.”
These are the words of Kanye West — and I’d like him to know that books don’t actually sign autographs, authors do — who obviously feels that being a non-reader is something to brag about. I feel like saying, “Dude, ‘doing stuff’ is cool, but you kinda have to also read books to learn about stuff that happened before you were around.” Of course that would imply that the universe existed before West was born and I’m not sure I could convince him of that concept. I’m sure his English professor mother is beaming with pride, watching from heaven as her little anti-bibliophile spreads the (unwritten) word.
In true ironic form, Kanye West has written a book. Yep. It’s titled “Thank You And You’re Welcome.” West’s “collection of thoughts and theories” is 52 pages long if you count the random interspersed blank pages, and offers food for thought such as, “Life is 5% what happens and 95% what you make of it.” Did I mention that this glorified place mat costs eight dollars?
In closing, I’d like to leave you with this excerpt from the book:
Get used to being used
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.