Fantasia, singer of the number four ranked song on my iPod ("Truth is...mana mana ma manaaah, truth is.."), has just released this wonderful memoir. I say released instead of wrote, because as you may know, she reveals in the book that she's functionally illiterate. Twenty one years old, can't read.
She dedicated the book to her ghostwriter. I'm not shitting you, she did.
In an interview, she said one of the hardest things about being illiterate was "You're illiterate to just about everything," which sounds like something an illiterate person might say.
Maybe I'm a jerk for making fun of her, but who cares? She's never gonna read this.
Ha ha. I think the American public school system is awesome.
Here's a fun factoid - about 90 million Americans (55% of the adult population) are functionally illiterate. That's from the National Adult Literacy Survey in 1993. Now, assuming that half the adult population hasn't been striving to get their read on in the past 12 years, it's safe to say it's around the same level now.
Usually, I'd like to tell some kind of joke here, but I think this bears repeating - according to the National Adult Literacy Survey in 1993, 90 million Americans are illiterate. That's 90 million, which when written out looks like this: 90,000,000. That's the number of people who can't read. In America.