Raw, adjective: 5. crude in quality or character; not tempered or refined by art or taste: raw humor.

(Forgive the excess Salon-love this morning. It's just the usual Monday morning catch-up routine.)

You've no doubt heard about/seen/read the site Stuff White People Like. Someone recommended it to me a few months ago and as satires go, it's up there with the best. Skewers the pretensions of the lefty upper-middle-class bourgeois white city dweller, uh, embarrassingly well.

Salon's got an interview with the dude behind it. Read it here.

The whole thing makes me think of the David Brooks book, Bobos in Paradise, that came out right around the time I was finishing up my Soc degree and thinking a lot about things like specialty coffee shops and Birkenstocks and Thorsten Veblen and conspicuous consumption. Not sure how I feel about Brooks himself, but it's a quick read and a thought-provoking one, at that. And the cover art isn't so bad, either.

The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (Salon.com)


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