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It’s a known fact that white people love to read negative reviews—it spares them from feeling guilty about not experiencing a much-discussed movie or book, and also gives them something to talk about at farmers markets. “I heard that The Love Guru is unfunny and mocks alternative spirituality,” one white person might say, pondering a jar of apricot preserves. “Interesting,” another white person might respond. “I read a review of a book by Christian Lander called Stuff White People Like that called it a ‘dull assemblage of Jeff Foxworthy-grade repurposed blog posts about things like Priuses, brunch, and expensive strollers.’” “Those are just symbols of upper-middle-class attainment! What does race have to do with it?” “He also discusses divorce, graduate school, beards, and platonic friendships.” “Things that happen to everybody! Is this a joke?” “Kinda. Maybe he’ll make more sense at the book reading. I like book readings. Don’t you?” Lander discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919.