“I get accused of being a racist, a terrible writer, and not funny. Being called a racist I can handle, because I’m not, but the other two…”

After seeing Stuff White People Like‘s Christian Lander read from his new book, I’m still not sold on his writing, but I have to admit that the guy is a little funnier and more chill than I would have expected. Reading aloud from his gifted children post, he interrupted himself to say, “Just so you know, I picked Reseda, California because of the Karate Kid. That’s where the Karate Kid was from. But his girlfriend was from Encino, she was like rich or something.”

Lander responded to the criticism that his blog is actually about yuppies, rather than white people, by saying that while in grad school he noticed that “These people weren’t just in urban centers. They were in college towns, and they were hating everyone around them.”

But being a transplanted yuppie who ends up in the Midwest for school doesn’t make you not a yuppie (not to be confused with a coastie).

The book contains new material, so I felt a little scammed that he read all old posts: gifted children, awareness, having two last names, knowing what’s best for poor people, and unpaid internships (which got one of the evening’s biggest laughs) Another, more surprising big laugh was his admission that SWPL got slammed by The New Republic. I’m sure this left a lot of Timbuktu-carrying, Nalgene-swilling people in the room confused about which side to root for.

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