Monday, June 1, 2009

Hate Hate/Hate Books

By all means, Kanye West, don't read a book when you can write one (sort of).  The co-author of Thank You and You're Welcome ("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!"), has this to say: "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'm surprised he's self-publishing, but I guess none of the houses picked it up for a few cool mill.  Maybe it's a sign that things are changing.


Anonymous said...

it's sad that we now give kudos to the publishing houses for something as easy as not publishing this "book." i really hope it's the case that the book was rejected on its lack of merit, and not that kanye simply asked for way to much $$$ and wouldn't negotiate.

Anonymous said...

or maybe he didn't need a publishing house. the book has "articles" posted all over the web (yahoo, msn, etc.) about it, so that covers the advertising bit, plus, you know, he's famous -- why have someone take 15%? especially since there isn't much in the way of a second printing for something like.

Anonymous said...

He needed a co-author? Kanye wrote the blank pages and the other dude wrote the Kanye-isms.