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"Proud non-readers": A Rant

I have zero respect for Kanye West as a musician or a person, in general. I don't like his music and I think he's a giant egotist. But fine, whatever, many people like him and that's cool. Different strokes for different folks and all. But I saw something on Twitter about him that made me so angry that I SPONTANEOUSLY EVOLVED INTO RAPIDASH.

An article called "Proud non-reader" Kanye West turns author" is basically the worst thing in the entire universe. I know I love books to an almost absurd degree, but I don't think ANY SINGLE PERSON should consider themselves a "proud non-reader". Way to go, Kanye. You just proved you are A TOTAL FUCKING IDIOT.

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.


*FLIPS HER DESK OVER* What the ABSOLUTE FUCK. Doesn't read or respect books, but why don't you write one, since it's SO EASY. His book, which you'll quickly be able to find for $3.99 in the Barnes & Noble bargain section, is only 52 pages long and involves super special Kanye West wisdom.

West's derision of books comes despite the fact that his late mother, Donda West, was a university English professor before she retired to manage his music career. She died in 2007 of complications following cosmetic surgery.

"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."

HIS MOTHER WAS A FUCKING COLLEGE ENGLISH PROFESSOR. Oh my GOD. I just can't. I can't. Wow, Kanye, you are SO EDGY. And let's also just stare in AWE at KANYE WEST calling OTHERS "self-absorbed". I feel like this is some strange Camus story. I think my brain is weeping.

I know not everyone reads as much as I do, or likes books as much as I do, but I think it is alarmingly ignorant to consider yourself a "proud non-reader". I don't want people to run out and buy the complete works of Charles Dickens but I can seriously not imagine a person who is PROUD of the fact they don't read. I don't care if you read one book a year. You're reading. There is so much WEALTH in books, so much to be gained in literature. Books are one of the single most precious things on this earth and people are PROUD of the fact they couldn't care less. People have DIED over the written word. KILLED over it. Books have been baned and burned. People who are "proud non-readers" are some of the people happily throwing books onto bonfires.


I've worked in bookstores and libraries. I've heard people snort in derision and say with pride they don't read books or that books are stupid. Every person who has ever done that is a fucking asshole and an idiot of the highest order. "Why should I read books? Books are stupid. I like to get information by living life. Why do I need books?" BECAUSE FUCK YOU, THAT'S WHY.

I'm sorry. I have a lot of feels about this. Nothing sets my hair on fire more than some raving idiot claiming they're too cool to read or that books are stupid. Yeah, it's real cool to be ignorant and squander the gift of LITERACY. How dare you be PROUD of that. Have fun missing out on a part of the human experience.


Well, I think I just used up my monthly allotment of rage...

(I know the article is old. I don't know why it showed up on my Twitter feed tonight. I'm still gonna feel angry. Fuck Kanye West)

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