"There are times when it will go so wrong that you will barely be alive, and times when you realise that being barely alive, on your own terms, is better than living a bloated half-life on someone else’s terms."
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"Man is defined as a human being and woman as a female – whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male."
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Most of the really important moments I’ve had with Kanye, the artist, have come not from his music or anything, but really from the conversations I’ve had about Kanye, seeing for myself all the different opinions that were out there. Everyone had unique and beautiful opinions (special snowflakes!), but there were basically two camps: Kanye is a flawed genius and/or role model, or Kanye is an idiot masquerading as someone smart. I think everyone can guess what camp I fall into.
I started finding myself at parties with people who had very loud opinions that were very different than mine, let’s just say, and at first I tried to be polite and understanding, but when I started to hear that there was no way Kanye West could possibly understand the works of the artists he was referencing, or at least understand them enough to incorporate them into his visual imagery, I thought I was going to lose my mind with rage. Like, let’s just go there: those people can go fuck themselves.
So, as counterintuitive as this might be, it was really the rage that motivated me to start thinking really seriously about what Kanye West means to me, what he means to music, to pop culture at large. I don’t know if this zine would have happened if I hadn’t had this specific kind of rage-fueled incentive."
This is an incredibly thoughtful response to a piece that took me an extremely long time - thank you. I’m a fan of your work too.