Kanye West once infamously said, “I would never want a book’s autograph.” In light of this, we wonder how he feels about Annabelle Quezada and La Shea Delaney’s bookish parody of his and Jay-Z’s song “N*ggas in Paris.”
With lines like, “Read so hard librarians tryin’ ta FINE me /They can’t identify me/ Checked in with a pseudonym, so I guess you can say I’m Mark Twaining,” we’re hoping that these ladies make a follow up.
Performed by La Shea Delaney (2nd verse) and @annabelleqv (1st verse)
Directed, Produced, Written by Annabelle Quezada Shot and Edited by Eliav Mintz Song Recorded and Mixed by Stephen Galgano
Read so hard librarians tryin’ ta FINE me, They can’t identify me, Checked in with a pseudonym, so I guess you can say I’m Mark Twaining. Read so hard, I’m not lazy. Go on Goodreads, so much rated. Fountainhead, on my just read, gave it four stars, and then changed it. Read so hard, I’m literary…
It’s so true! I relate, I usually want to downgrade Goodreads ratings from 4 to lower after the fact haha!
A native New Yorker in my twenties, I’ve infused the city-centric narrative with authentic New York experiences, settings, and characters. Now, I’m hoping to bring the story to print. The project started one sweltering May evening in Brooklyn when I was twenty years old. I completed my first draft a week after my twenty-second birthday on a cruise ship floating somewhere in the Caribbean Sea, and have spent the past two years editing, reworking, workshopping, and ultimately transforming the manuscript.
Zadie Smith, NW (The Penguin Press. September)
International award-winning and bestselling Zadie Smith’s NW brilliantly depicts the modern urban zone — familiar to city-dwellers everywhere — in a tragi-comic novel as mercurial as the city itself.
Thank you to Adam Gnade for answering my “Any words of wisdom for a wannabe writer?” survey. This advice is especially awesome. Living life helps when we are trying to portray it! So far I have done at least one of these things, so that’s a start. Kind and honest isn’t boring, that much is true too.
Are you coming to AWP? Do you live in Chicago? Do you write, blog, or look at funny things on the internet? Please join us for free drinks, Tumblr goodies, and awesome people.
Tumblr Writers Happy Hour Friday 3/2, 6-8pm Uncharted Books 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago
Uncharted Books is a new bookstore that was funded on Kickstarter and had a Tumblr before it was born. It’s a dream spot for book-web-community nerds and I absolutely can’t wait to see it (and all of you.)
I love this advice, especially the part about reading. Another wise person has also recommended to me that I make an effort to read across genres. This has definitely helped me to have a broader experience as a reader and (hopefully) a more open mind as a wannabe writer.
The bit about writing is very encouraging as well. It helps to remember that ideas grow and change, often vastly from the original idea.