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Kanye West “not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph.”

George Lang Published: May 26, 2009

Testing my patience and patronage yet again, here’s Kanye West, interviewed by Reuters about his slim tome, “Thank You and You’re Welcome”:

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. 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.

Those of us who love novels and be so wordy and self-absorbed take umbrage with this, of course. Now, let’s examine this knowledge for a moment: ‘Ye likes “actually talking to people and living real life.” Generally, the people who are worth talking to like to read books. If you talk to people who don’t like to read, they usually have things stuck to them and have little to say other than whether they like cheese or debating the merits of kissing buzzsaws. They aren’t bright, Kanye. Stick with the book lovers. Hell, they might even buy “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” which you gave away to thousands of people who saw you at the Ford Center last year.

For a sampler of the supreme worth of “Thank You and You’re Welcome,” let’s turn at random to page 10, which says, in full: “Would you rather have 100% from an average person or 10% from someone who is outstanding?”

I think we just got the second option. For someone who claims to hate Twitter, I think we just got an old-school, spiral-bound Tweet.

As for getting a book’s autograph, if there is a book out there that’s capable of signing autographs — and I’m not talking about a guy dressed as a book — I’m lining up.

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