Christian Lander stirred up countless conversations with his blog and book Stuff White People Like. It's a hipster's guide to being hip. But, it's also wildly ironic. Readers recognised themselves being skewered in his every paragraph. So, what's it all about really?
In conversation with John Safran and a talkative audience, Lander explains how he classifies 'wrong' and 'right' white people, and elaborates on his playful critique of race and class. He also discusses the negative aspects of partaking in a monoculture ... and even considers what he calls "orange people" (those with fake tans) like.
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.
Stuff White People Like blogger Christian Lander jokes about the faux individuality of what he calls "white monoculture."
"Until we actually start recognizing that what we're doing is self-absorption that we're pretending is altruism, I don't think we're going to have any changes," says Lander. "This list is further proof that we're not as unique as we think we are."
Blogger Christian Lander jokes about even more ridiculous stuff that white people like, including fixed-gear bicycles, yoga clothes and raw milk. "White people are gathering on street corners in Brooklyn to be given raw milk from illicit milk dealers," says Lander, laughing.