‘Philip Glass: Combining Multiple White Passions Into A Single Artist’

Coming in at #108 on the Stuff White People Like list is: classical music.

The piece picks up speed as it goes along and is well worth a full read. Here are some highlights:

“If a white person starts talking to you about classical music, it’s essential that you tread very lightly. This is because white people are all petrified that they will be exposed as someone who has only a moderate understanding of classical music. When a white person encounters another white person who actually enjoys classical music (exceptionally rare), it is often considered to be one of the most traumatic experiences they can go through.

“Really? Beethoven’s 5th Symphony….that’s your favorite.”
“um, no, I mean…”
“You sure it’s not Pachebel’s Canon?”
“well, ah, I like that, ah, song”
“sigh, of course you do.”

Even the possibility of this conversation happening is enough to scare white people into attending up to (but no more than) two performances in any given classical season. Therefore it is essential that even if you possess a massive amount of knowledge about classical music, do not share it with a white person regardless of how much they profess to love it. It’s a recipe for disaster and shame.

As a defense mechanism against the possibility of being called out for a lack of familiarity with the early works of Antonin Dvorak, white people have started to list more contemporary composers as their favorites. Of course, the easiest way for them to do this is to choose composers with music that appears in independent films. Knowing these composers is almost a golden ticket into making white people think you are smart, but not TOO smart.

The first, of course, is Philip Glass. Not only does he have one of the best last names a white person can have, but he writes music used in smart documentaries. Thus combining multiple white passions into a single artist.

The second, and slightly more obscure, is…” [go read the rest]


  1. Miss Mussel

    I did have a quick scan of them when I first read the original post. There are the usual suspects on either side of the divide but they haven’t yet managed to stamp out all the bits of wit.

  2. Maurizio

    I’ve read the post and also added a comment…

    Interesting: at least I have seen that not only in Italy you may find people speaking (or writing, in this case) just because they have a mouth…..
    But the connections with relevant, possible, brain must be quickly re-checked

  3. Miss Mussel

    I’m wondering if perhaps the humour is not translating across the ocean in this case. I suspect classical music fans are viewed differently in the birthplace of opera than they are in a country that gave the world hamburgers and baseball.

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