*bangs head on wall*

I am a proud non-reader of books” says Kanye West.

Now, I don’t listen to his music, I’m no fan of rap or hip-hop (or heavy/death metal for that matter) though I understand that many others do enjoy listening to those genres of music.  I don’t have anything against Kanye West – I really don’t know much about him.  I just feel sorry for him, not knowing just how wonderful books can be.  It sounds like he’s never read a good book before (which is surprising given that his mother was an English professor).

I also find his statement somewhat hypocritical – you’re not a fan of books but you “kind of” wrote one (it was a collaborative effort and, given that the description of the “tome” states that some pages contain just a few words while some pages are completely blank, leads me to feel that it didn’t necessarily require a momentous effort on his part) and you want your fans to buy it?

I think my biggest issue with this is that I’m sure he’s got a huge fan base – many of them young children and teenagers, and I worry that his scorn of books will influence them negatively.  As it is, I already think that not enough people read, preferring instead to turn to TV, computer/console games, or the internet for entertainment. (not that there’s anything wrong with those as a form of entertainment – they are also a valid and fun way to pass time…as long as it’s done in moderation and not at the expense of other important things – like reading. 😉 )

What frustrates me is that many people now prefer information “bites”, a la twitter, or the quick 30-second infomercials on TV, or skimming through magazines…instead of picking up a real book and actually reading it.  Kanye’s “book” sounds like more of the same – easily digestible tidbits of “thoughts” that you can read once before moving on to the next hot topic.  Heck, apparently you also have blank pages you can use to rest eyes that have been oh-so-strained from the act of absorbing such brain-heavy dictums as “Get used to being used”.  Ponderous thoughts indeed.

I’m just hoping that not too many will interpret Kanye’s pride of being a “non-reader” as cool and strive to emulate him…

To end on a positive note, I leave you with a picture of that best of combinations – books and food! (image shamelessly taken from Cake Wrecks – a great site which is also where I stumbled across the link to the Reuters article that trigged this overly lengthy post..)

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  • June 9, 2009 - 00:37 | Permalink

    Poor him…glad we’re all avid readers…can’t imagine not reading a few pages before turning out the lights at night or while waiting in the ‘loo’! 😉

    BTW, can you fix your links so they open in new windows and not take one away from your blog?

  • June 9, 2009 - 07:01 | Permalink

    Or standing in line for something, or on the train/car/plane, or…anywhere!

    About the links…they should all be set to open in a new window…?

  • June 9, 2009 - 07:10 | Permalink

    Starting to sound like we’re on a Seuss roll: how about, “I ‘like’ to read a book while eating breakfast/lunch/dinner, I ‘like’ to read a book when it’s raining, when it’s snowing, when the strong winds are blowing. I ‘like’ to read a book anywhere, anytime, Sam, I am!” (with apologies to Dr Seuss 😉

    Your friends/family links don’t open in new windows. 🙂

  • June 9, 2009 - 07:24 | Permalink

    Up a tree, by the sea, I like to read whenever I’m free – heck, even in the loo…though that was somewhat out of the blue. 😳


    And I’ll take a look at the settings for links.. not sure off the top of my head how to change that..

  • June 9, 2009 - 07:32 | Permalink

    Oh, one more thing…if you’re reading Dr Seuss, try reading out loud/ROL. So much fun! And those cakes are awesome 🙂

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