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Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews Paperback – November 23, 2010
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“Excellent....Few people alive are as deft at this satire as is Mr. Lander. His books are painfully observant, and they take you places that The Daily Show and The Onion, those reliable dispensers of elite wit, mostly don’t. They’re among the prickliest guides through the American status system since Paul Fussell’s ‘Class’ (1983). . . . You’ll find WHITER SHADES OF PALE in that dimly understood and flimsy bookstore subdivision, the humor section. It belongs upfront, where the best new nonfiction walks point.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times
About the Author
Christian Lander is the creator of the popular blog StuffWhitePeopleLike.com and the author of the New York Times bestselling book Stuff White People Like. A one-time Ph.D. candidate and acclaimed public-speaking instructor, he has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, living among white people and studying their native customs. He presently resides in Los Angeles, where he enjoys such local pleasures as Ray Ban Wayfarers, skinny jeans, yoga, interior design, and crippling debt.
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I read both months ago, but every day, I will see something a white person is doing or hear a snippet from a white person-wannabe, and I think of the insights offered in these books. A book that you recall months later means it is a proven classic.
White people are accustomed to viewing and judging non-whites and the wrong kinds of whites. Here, Lander turns the tables and judges the judges. He exposes them as being as conformist and doing things and professing interests just to belong to their group.
Yes, to be sure, he is not writing about all white Americans, but only about the so called self appointed cultural elite, the upper middle class, the traditionally liberally educated ones. He makes the distinction clear when he describes the subject whites' aversion to the wrong kind of whites (the mainstream, the majority, the poor and merely middle class).
What he has captured applies equally and with nuance to upper middle class blacks, Asians, and Latinos - he is an equal opportunity basher of all those who do not question, who profess to be original but are really followers, who deludedly believe in their creativity but have not done anything to show.
The author has shown me how to streamline my interactions with whites and white-wannabes - how to organize them into types, and how to minimize my annoyance.
My fault in the past was to think of white peoples' questions as genuine and I spent too much time thinking out answers to help them. Landers has helped me understand that whites' questions are really reflections of themselves and narcissitic projections about how smart they feel they are. Now I know how to flatter them and stop wasting time. They don't really want to know me, or know about the truth.
There are of course exceptional white people, and these books help you sort out which white persons are not like the others.
Really, though, there are very, very few truly special people of any race. Most people of every race and class are cookie cutter and predictable.