They're also down with diversity and up on all the best microbrews, breakfast spots, foreign cinema, and authentic sushi. They're organic, ironic, and do not own TVs.
You know who they are: They're white people. And they're here, and you're gonna have to deal. Fortunately, here's a book that investigates, explains, and offers advice for finding social success with the Caucasian persuasion. So kick back on your IKEA couch and lose yourself in the ultimate guide to the unbearable whiteness of being.
©2008 Christian Lander; (P)2008 Audible, Inc.
The short-form nature of each entry in the book make this a great listen for those times you've got a short commute or just a few minutes to kill listening to something. This is a great audiobook to keep on your device for a long time and work through slowly.
Don't be misled by the catchy title--this is really an anti-liberal screed. The author's real target is a relatively narrow category of educated, urban, white middle/upper-class liberals. If you're not in this category but happen to be white, you might be surprised to learn that, as a white person, you disdain Budweiser, are a wine-snob and have a penchant for organizing "awareness" campaigns while having no interest in actually solving the problem. You may even be surprised to learn such things if you ARE a member of that particular class.
I did enjoy this read although even at the end, having had a large percentage of matches to me, I was not sure if I was was entertained or should be offended. Some of it just doesn't match any white person I have ever known, and a lot of it matches more than I care to admit.
All in all a worthy read.
List to Lander whine about white people for several hours. As a white person, I don't even understand half of the supposed "all white people do this" references. I've never even met the weird white people he describes which makes it neither funny nor observational. If the people described here are stereotypical it must be of such a small slice of the population that they aren't even identifiable.
There is no deep insight here. Shallow finger pointing and rather offensive without anything meaningful to offer.
And it's also read very well.
I loved this--loved its ironically anthropological take on nice people like me! Perfect for when you don't feel like a serious read.
There were no characters- my fav. bit was when he talked about how white people have to have bottled water at meetings etc. and it has to be FIJI - mainly because i had just made a specific stop at the store to by FIJI water so i wouldn't look like an idiot drinking a coke at a meeting HAHAHA. Everytime I do something that was talked about in the book i die laughing-- and I do a lot of things in the book.
LAUGH the ENTIRE time.
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If you're looking for something to listen to during long trips, this may not be the audiobook for you. I thought after about #50 that the "things white people like" had gotten a bit predictable.
This may be a good one to listen to during a 30 minute commute to work.
Where did this guy do his research? The white people he describes refers to new age, pretentious, Californian vegan hippies.
There are a few kernels of truth in the extensive list of what white people supposedly like, but it was a lot less entertaining than I was anticipating.
I think the author sort of missed some key cliches as well.
In the book, Lander says that white people like a variety of teas (green, chai, black, etc.) but REALLY white people will have only one brand that they drink and will badmouth other brands. Lander says that white people like ethnic food, but REALLY white people like traditional meat and potatoes or whatever is local to their region.
Anyway, wasn't a fan... thought it described only the type of white person you'd see on the OC. Not me or anyone I know!
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The stuff white people like that is featured in this book is hit or miss. Some you will relate to, others will make you scratch your head because you don't know any white people who do / like whatever is being described. My "Stuff White People Like" test results are in. They confirm that I am not very good at being a white person, but I did score high in some critical areas such as coffee (love it), recycling (everyone should do it) and threatening to move to Canada (which I am definitely doing if Mitt Romney gets elected!). Find out how good you are at being a white person and listen to this book. Overall it's a worthwhile listen, although the format of listing stuff white people like eventually get's tiresome.
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