Tuesday, May 26, 2009

"I am not a fan of books" -- Author Kanye West

Posted By on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 10:00 PM

It's a shame that Reuters doesn't always run bylines, because this story is a model on how to write a first-paragraph grabber:

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.

The Grammy Award winner, known for his No. 1 albums and outspoken statements on everything from racism in America to the banality of Twitter, is the co-author of 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.

Thoughts like these:

"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."

$10 retail, or you can pick up the ghost-written 52 pages at Amazon.com for the bargain price of eight bills. Unless, like Kanye, you're a proud non-buyer of books and prefer to get information from doing stuff like actually talking to people and living real life.

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