Christian Lander, (co?)creator of Stuff White People Like, pictured here doing something white people enjoy doing.
So I hear the the Stuff White People Like blog is being turned into a book. (I also just realized that their blog uses the same site-theme as mine.) Random House, who are known to take some risks (especially with bloggers), have signed Christian Lander, the creator/author of Stuff White People Like, to what is reportedly a six-figure book deal (here’s a link to the to-be-released book). I can just picture Lander doing a little white person jig of joy and celebration.
This is incredible. The blog started in mid-January and became a viral, infectious, wildly popular sensation in the matter of a few months. I first came across the blog on the post about Mos Def while looking through tags — and I ended up spending the larger portion of an hour browsing through a handful of posts. It was mildly offensive but I was drawn to its satircal and sarcastic tone. And it’s insanely funny a lot of the time. I found myself laughing out loud, all the while thinking in the back of my mind, “Oh…am I supposed to find it this funny?” It was strange to see white culture and race (and, in a larger sense, the upper-middle class) be confronted so bluntly and with such humorous bite that it could be a bit jarring at first. I mean, we see comedians do this all the time — making fun of their own race. But it doesn’t seem to happen too much with upper middle class white-folk.
The blog has also revealed that I may be a lot whiter than I thought I was — the same goes for a lot of people I know. Which makes it even more plausible to see it as more of a class phenomenon than a race issue, being that I feel I am closer to the middle class than the working/lower or upper classes.
I’m not sure how the blog will translate to book-form, but we shall see. Lander says on his blog that 2/3 of the book will be all-new material. Sounds cool, but I think I’ll wait for the reviews on this one.
Check out the blog before it becomes a book. Then you’ll be able to say, “Oh the blog was sooo much better than the book.”
Would that qualify as something white people would say?