Kenny Rogers*: So what brings you to Boston?
Me: I live here, ha ha.
Kenny Rogers: Ha ha.
Me: I moved here for grad school.
Kenny Rogers: What school?
Me: Emerson. I studied poetry.
Kenny Rogers: You majored in poetry?!
Me: No, I didn't "major" in it. I got my MFA.
Kenny Rogers: Oh, I know someone who works at the MFA. I can't think of her name ... long brown hair ...
Me: Not the MFA. An MFA. The degree. Master of Fine Arts.
Kenny Rogers: [Blank stare] What kind of poetry do you write?
Me: Um. What kinds would you recognize?
Kenny Rogers: Excuse me?
Me: Poetry doesn't really taxonomize neatly. It's not like science. I mean, you can try to classify it after the fact--
Kenny Rogers: I took a poetry class once. We studied Bob Dylan.
*Not the real Kenny Rogers
And it continued in that awkward vein. I know I sound like the bitch here, but his tone was unbearably condescending. He kept talking about his grants (worth $13 million in toto) to build lobster and bee robots. Holy cliche oldster. I guess no one ever told him you can't buy friends. As party douches go, I preferred the black metal guy.
I've been reading the new Handsome. It strikes me as way better and more readable than the average journal, but maybe it's just really aligned with my tastes? I'm also (re-?)reading Why I Am White by Mathias Svalina. I don't think I ever read it front to back, I'm realizing. It's still hilarious. It's like:
A brief history of white people is a history of gears & boats & railroads. One named Frank.This chapbook was published in August of 2007. Stuff White People Like was created in 2008. Therefore, Christian Lander and SWPL were probably just riding the white-people wave that Mathias got started.
Furthermore, white people are not considered so mysterious that they warrant the type of article National Geographic published. Furthermore, white people aren't scared of black people, they are scared of young black men. BIG difference
I've always wondered, is Stuff White People Like itself an entry on Stuff White People Like? I've never checked, and wouldn't know how.