White people - they're so darn fascinating, aren't they? Christian Lander certainly thinks so. The Toronto-born author shot to fame with his blog Stuff White People Like.
The blog's hilarious deconstructions of white urban hipster's preferences (farmer's markets, yoga, writer's workshops, gentrification, The Wire, etc.) were eventually turned into a book of the same name. Now, the Toronto-born Lander is following it up with a new tome, out next week, called Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews.
Praising his "deft" satire, The New York Times calls the book "preternaturally excellent."
Here are a few highlights:
Why sea salt is so popular:
"When white people think about regular salt, all they can think about is sodium and poor health. When they think about sea salt they think about France."
On flea markets:
"Once again white people have taken over something that poor people used to like and made it extremely expensive."
On chef Anthony Bourdain's TV show:
"There hasn't been a show this reaffirming to white people since 'Seinfeld.'"
On how to be a downer at a Mad Men theme party:
"You can severely curtail the amount of fun by saying, 'I'm glad this isn't really 1960 or else I'd be serving all of you.'"