So I have Loren to thank for a totally enjoyable Monday lunch hour. She handed me the hilarious Christian Lander book, Stuff White People Like. And, between the two of us, we totally *liked* the entire book.
If a couple of the headings have me smugly saying, “Nope, not me, I don’t do micro beers”, well, that’s because I Am Old. All I had to do with this book was insert my kids, and hoowee! Between the three of ‘em, like Jack Sprat and his wife, they Liked Each and Every One of those shake-your-head entries (even if only ironically, because Irony is entry 50).
Here’s a sampling:
13: Tea (“But do not remind them about the role of colonialism in tea, it will make them feel sad.”)
25: David Sedaris: “Let me say that again: (white people) will pay big money to see someone read from a book they have already read.”
28: Not Having a TV: “The number-one reason white people like not having a TV is so that they can tell you that they don’t have a TV”
60: Toyota Prius and 61: Bicycles: “A good place to find white people on a Saturday is at a bike shop. Bike shops are almost entirely staffed and patronized by white people!”
Filled with B&W photos, this is a great book to have on a night when friends come over (before you get out the Apples to Apples).
If you enjoy Stuff White People Like, be sure to check out Lander’s sophomore effort, Whiter Shades of Pale. In WSofP, Lander breaks down—geographically—what white people in major cities are like. Here’s his Brooklyn entry: Overview: …can be identified by their amazingly expensive bicycle, their disdain for Manhattan, and their unwavering belief that living in Brooklyn makes them a part of an ethnic community. Strengths: Knows a lot about music, bicycles, food and art. Weaknesses: same.
And if you really want to wow at your next get together, add this title: Look at This F*cking Hipsterby Joe Mande. You get the idea. Lots of photos and charmingly-named chapters such as, “Ironic Facial Hair” and “Yasser Arafat Scarves” . Unsure as to what, exactly, defines a hipster? Well, this book will tell you, as chapter 1 is titled “What is a Hipster?” and Chapter 2 reads, “What Makes a Hipster a Hipster?” Obviously, the title tells us something important we need to know, that this is one for the PG-13 and over crowd, so don’t leave it around the little ones. There’s also a fun pop quiz chapter with several photos asking, “Is this a hipster?” Admission: I’ve never had so much fun flunking a test…