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Stuff White People like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

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1. COFFEE

There is no doubt that white people love coffee. Yes, it's true that Asians like iced coffee and people of all races

enjoy a cup. But it is a certainty that the first person at your school to drink coffee was a white person. It was obvious that they didn't enjoy it, but they did it anyway, until they liked it--like cigarettes.

As white people begin to age, a genuine taste for coffee will emerge. During this time white people

will also develop a self- proclaimed addiction. This leads to them saying things like You do not want to see me

before I get my morning coffee. White guys will also call it anything but coffee: rocket fuel, java, joe, black gold,

and so forth. It's pretty much garbage all around.

It's worth noting that where white people buy coffee is almost as important as the drink itself. For the most part, white people love Starbucks, although they will profess to hate how the chain is now a multinational corporation. This hatred is often sublimated by their relief at seeing one in an airport. The best place for white people to drink coffee is at a locally owned coffeeshop that offers many types of drinks, free Wi- Fi, and some sort of message board that is peppered with notices about rooms for rent and bands looking for bass players.

White people are given extra points for buying Fair Trade coffee, because paying the extra $2 means they are making a difference while their peers are drinking liquid oppression.

2. RELIGIONS THEIR PARENTS DON'T BELONG TO

White people will often say they are spiritual but not religious. This usually means that they will believe in any religion that doesn't involve Jesus. The most popular choices include Buddhism, Hinduism, Kabbalah, and, to a lesser extent, Scientology. A few even dip into Islam, but that's much rarer, since you have to make real sacrifices and actually go to a mosque.

For the most part, white people prefer religions that produce artifacts and furniture that fit into their home or wardrobe. They are also particularly drawn to religions that do not require a lot of commitment or donations.

When a white person tells you I'm a Buddhist/Hindu/Kabbalahist, the best thing to do is ask how they arrived at their religious decision. The story will likely involve a trip to Thailand or a college class on religion.

3. FILM FESTIVALS

White people can't get enough of film festivals, especially Sundance, Toronto, and Cannes. This love can be due to

a number of factors.

Fact #1: 90 percent of white people have taken a film class at some point in their life.

Fact #2: White people like feeling smart without doing work--two hours in a theater is easier than ten hours with a book.

Fact #3: If white people aren't going backpacking, they generally like to travel with a specific purpose.

Fact #4: 75 percent of white people believe they either have the potential to or will become filmmakers/screenwriters/

directors at some point.

Fact #5: White people hate stuff that is mainstream--so they go to film festivals, where they see movies that every other person in their demographic wants to see. It's a pretty swe

Synopsis:

Summary: "The Preppy Handbook" meets "PostSecret," in this cultural manifesto for a new generation. Imagine Sarah Silverman sitting down in your living room describing what makes white people tick. That is Stuff White People Like. Christian Lander has the inside scoop, from coffee to farmers markets to bumper stickers. You will laugh out loud, and you just might, at times, think the joke is on you.Lander and his blog stuffwhitepeoplelike.com have already been profiled by NPR and "The Los Angeles Times," adding to the success of the Internet phenomenon.

Synopsis:

A tongue-in-cheek guide to white racial identity discusses one hundred and fifty things that white people like, why they like these things, and how to interact with them socially.

Synopsis:

They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.

They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christian Lander is the creator of the website Stuff White People Like. He is a Ph.D. dropout who was the 2006 public speaking instructor of the year at Indiana University. He has lived in Toronto, Montreal, Copenhagen, Tucson, Indiana, and now Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife, Jess, a photographer who contributed many of the photos in the book.

Table of Contents

1: Coffee — 2: Religions their parents don't belong to — 3: Film festivals — 4: Assists — 5: Farmer's markets — 6: Organic food — 7: Diversity — 8: Barack Obama — 9: Making you feel bad for not going outside — 10: Wes Anderson movies — 11: Asian girls — 12: Nonprofit organizations — 13: Tea — 14: Having black friends — 15: Yoga — 16: Gifted children — 17: Hating their parents — 18: Awareness — 19: International travel — 20: Being an expert on your culture — 21: Writer's workshops — 22: Having two last names — 23: Microbreweries — 24: Wine — 25: David Sedaris — 26: Manhattan (and now Brooklyn, too!) — 27: Marathons — 28: Not having a TV — 29: 80s night — 30: Wrigley field — 31: Snowboarding — 32: Veganism/vegetarianism — 33: Marijuana — 34: Architecture — 35: Daily show with Jon Stewart/The Colbert Report — 36: Brunch — 37: Renovations — 38: Arrested development — 39: Netflix — 40: Apple products — 41: Indie music — 42: Sushi — 43: Plays — 44: Public radio — 45: Asian fusion food — 46: Sunday New York Times — 47: Liberal art degrees — 48: Whole foods and grocery co-ops — 49: Vintage — 50: Irony — 51: Living by the water — 52: Sarah Silverman — 53: Dogs — 54: Kitchen gadgets — 55: Apologies — 56: Lawyers — 57: Documentaries — 58: Japan — 59: Natural medicine — 60: Toyota Prius — 61: Bicycles — 62: Knowing what's best for poor people — 63: Expensive sandwiches — 64: Recycling — 65: Coed sports — 66: Divorce — 67: Standing still at concerts — 68: Michel Gondry — 69: Mos Def — 70: Difficult breakups — 71: Being the only white person around — 72: Study abroad — 73: Gentrification — 74: Oscar parties — 75: Threatening to move to Canada — 76: Bottles of water — 77: Musical comedy — 78: Multilingual children — 79: Modern furniture --80: Idea of soccer — 81: Graduate school — 82: Hating corporations — 83: Bad memories of high school — 84: T-shirts — 85: Wire — 86: Shorts — 87: Outdoor performance clothes — 88: Having gay friends — 89: St Patrick's day — 90: Dinner parties — 91: San Francisco — 92: Music piracy — 93: Rugby — 94: New Balance shoes — 95: Beards — 96: Having children in their late thirties — 97: Red hair — 98: Noam Chomsky — 99: Non-motorized boating — 100: Boston Red Sox — 101: Scarves — 102: Cleanses — 103: Self-deprecating humor — 104: Integrity — 105: Pretending to be a Canadian when traveling abroad — 106: Criterion collection — 107: Natural childbirth — 108: High school English teachers — 109: Native wisdom — 110: Trying too hard — 111: Portland, Oregon — 112: Free health care — 113: Che Guevara — 114: New Yorker — 115: Non-American news sources — 116: Subtitles — 117: Premium juice — 118: ACLU — 119: Plaid — 120: Platonic friendships — 121: Reusable shopping bags — 122: Acoustic covers — 123: Dave Chappelle — 124: Tibet — 125: Nintendo Wii — 126: Conspiracies — 127: Simpsons — 128: Avoiding confrontation — 129: DJs — 130: Carbon offsets — 131: Following their dreams — 132: Not having cash — 133: Adopting foreign children — 134: LEED certification — 135: Expensive strollers — 136: Singer-songwriters — 137: Eating outside — 138: Books — 139: Music festivals — 140: Glasses — 141: McSweeney's — 142: Hardwood floors — 143: Bakeries — 144: Modern art museums — 145: Cheese — 146: Therapy — 147: Public transportation that is not a bus — 148: Dive bars — 149: Self-importance — 150: rock climbing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588368379
Subtitle:
The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author:
Lander, Christian
Author:
Christian Lander
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Popular culture -- United States.
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Audio Books-Humor
Subject:
Excess Culture-Everything Else
Subject:
Humor-Ethnic and Regional
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humor-Alternative
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080701
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
211

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Product details 211 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588368379 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Summary: "The Preppy Handbook" meets "PostSecret," in this cultural manifesto for a new generation. Imagine Sarah Silverman sitting down in your living room describing what makes white people tick. That is Stuff White People Like. Christian Lander has the inside scoop, from coffee to farmers markets to bumper stickers. You will laugh out loud, and you just might, at times, think the joke is on you.Lander and his blog stuffwhitepeoplelike.com have already been profiled by NPR and "The Los Angeles Times," adding to the success of the Internet phenomenon.
"Synopsis" by , A tongue-in-cheek guide to white racial identity discusses one hundred and fifty things that white people like, why they like these things, and how to interact with them socially.
"Synopsis" by , They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees.

They believe they’re unique, yet somehow they’re all exactly the same, talking about how they “get” Sarah Silverman’s “subversive” comedy and Wes Anderson’s “droll” films. 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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