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Kayne West working on book of philosophy

By | Published on Monday 16 April 2018

Kanye West

Kanye West is writing a book of philosophy. It mainly seems to be his thoughts on why humans like photographs.

“I’m writing a philosophy book right now called ‘Break The Simulation'”, he says in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve got a concept about photographs – and I’m on the fence about photographs – about human beings being obsessed with photographs, because it takes you out of the now and transports you into the past or transports you into the future”

He waffles on: “It can be used to document, but a lot of times it overtakes [people]. People dwell too much in the memories. People always wanna hear the history of something, which is important, but I think there’s too much of an importance put on history”.

Of course, if you’re going to talk about the human obsession with photographs, talk of West’s wife Kim Kardashian can’t be far away, she being someone whose life (or a version of it) is laid bare on reality TV and Instagram. Don’t worry, he’s thought about this. “Even with my wife, I see her as a representation, as a Marie Antoinette of our time”, he says.

I expect the book will be mainly pronouncements like that. The book’s not been published yet, if it ever will be. There are plenty of profound statements in the interview to enjoy though. Like, did you know that he’d like to make wetter shoes?

“At Adidas, I have Yeezy, but it’s a namesake brand. It’s my nickname”, he says of his fashion work. “We do these sneakers that sell out and we get, ‘Oh, this is the number one brand on Women’s Wear Daily’. And I don’t wish to be number one anymore, I wish to be water. I wish to be closer to UNICEF or something where I can take the information that I have and help as many people as possible, not to just shove it into a brand”.

Read the full interview here.