Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has never been one to mince words or opinion. On Friday, he said reading is not his forte and claims he never reads books.
Speaking on a podcast episode of Alo Yoga’s “Alo Mind Full” podcast, which was tabbed “Ye: Music and Fashion Icon,” Ye said he’s a bigger fan of “good conversation” and talking as a way of learning. He compared learning through reading to one of his least favorite foods.
In response to the podcast’s host, Al Yoga, saying he hasn’t read a certain book, Ye said: “I actually haven’t read any book,” Ye said. “Reading is like eating Brussels sprouts for me. And talking is like getting the Giorgio Baldi corn ravioli.”
Ye was comparing talking to a famous pasta dish that’s served at a restaurant in Santa Monica, Giorgi Baldi.
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Ye founded a private school, Donda Academy, in Simi Valley, Calif., named after his late mother and serving students from kindergarten to 12th grade.
Messages made Monday morning by USA TODAY to the school requesting comment were not immediately returned.
On the same podcast Friday, Ye said that standard school curriculums need to be more balanced with other forms of learning vs. reading.
“We have to balance things with curriculums that allow for self-confidence,” he said. “Because so many of the schools and modern indoctrinations take away from the confidence that these future leaders would have in themselves.”
Ye’s contempt for reading didn’t just stop at books in the podcast interview. He expressed disdain with having to read long text messages, admitting to often only reading the first and last paragraph of those.