Whiter Shades Of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast To Coast, From Seattle's Sweaters To Maine's Microbrews (2010)
Whiter Shades of Pale: The Stuff White People Like, Coast to Coast, from Seattle's Sweaters to Maine's Microbrews (2010)
3.7 of 5 Votes: 4
0812982061 (ISBN13: 9780812982060)
Random House Trade Paperbacks
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“Whiter Shades of Pale” continues the internet legacy of featuring all of the kooky and nutty things “white” Americans (and Canadians) enjoy. The blog writers select something trending or vaguely alt for city dwellers, like Trader Joe’s, and then writes a 500-word paragraph describing it. Unfortunately, they are really just describing it. Like, they’ll say, “Trader Joe’s is a grocery store that sells inexpensive wine to environmentally-conscious shoppers who bring their own bags.” HA HA HA HA HA HA.The clever sharpness of the blog is really limited to their selections. Like Ray-Bans, hummus, American Apparel, “Where the Wild Things Are”, and Ikea. Initially, you read that list and are like “oh yeah, haha, everyone LOVES that stuff”. But the wit dies there. And it especially dies when you realize that these are just popular trends of the 2000s, and have nothing to do with white people. Or worse, these selections are specific to city dwelling, American/Canadians that are perhaps “liberal” and middle class. White is blown out the window even further when you realize that heck, these are just a bunch of trends. And I didn’t laugh.A perfect title would have been “Several Kinds of American (and Canadian) Trends”. But it wouldn’t have had the embarrassing racial connotations, and you wouldn’t feel as clever reading their chapters on Frisbee sports and whole wheat. If the critique had been biting and even meaner, it might have been funny. But to stay in good graces with anyone white reading the book, the segments are lame and thankfully very short.This book is sentenced to death for not being funny.-EZ Read Staffer Jenifer Christian Lander's second book continues to poke fun at white culture, this time using geographic locations of whiteness including Seattle, New York and even Madison. Some of the entries make you cringe because you recognize these as things that others do and may annoy you. Other times, you find yourself acknowledging that yes, you too are a member of the white culture. I had the opportunity to meet Christian at a reading in Madison where he pointed out all of the whiteness of the city with metaphorical wink and nod.
I enjoy anthropology. And satire. And satirical anthropology.
I like to make fun of people so this book was pretty spot on.
If you like Portlandia you'll like this.
Funny satire of urban hipsters.
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