Thursday, March 09, 2006

And we're off.

So Making Friends with Black People is officially out in the ether. It's odd. I've been looking forward to the day when the book is actually out there for so long now, it's kind of anti-climactic. I walked to our local Borders to see if they had it, and it was on one of the tables in the front of the store. Very cool. Then I checked on the shelf and there were a few more copies...right next to Woody Allen's book Getting Even. Trippy.

A few days ago the folks over at Daily Candy ran a piece on the book. If you aren't familiar with their site, here's a testament to their reach on the 'net. The night before their piece ran, the book was #41,000 something on After their piece, I got as high as #180. That's right. Of all the books for sale on, I was in the top 200. Since then, I've plummeted down to somewhere in the 500 region. What's the matter, book readers? Don't love me anymore. Speaking of Daily Candy, be on the look out for their book DailyCandy A-Z. Here's the piece they ran on me. Thanks Eve!

Racial Recognition
make new friends!

White people have mastered some tough stuff. The goth look. Ice hockey. Tax evasion. Dancing to Earth, Wind, and Fire without any evidence of soul whatsoever.

And with the publication of Making Friends with Black People, everyone (read: all the colors in the Crayola box) can get one step closer to true racial harmony. The new book by L.A.-based comedian Nick Adams is a smart, hilarious look at the conflicted, all-too-often misguided relationship white people have with African-American culture.

Adams is black, but some of his best friends are white, so he knows what he'’s talking about. From when to open a conversation with talk of Jay-Z's new album (never) to how to avoid ridicule on the dance floor (flamboyance is the enemy), he breaks it down for the pigmentally challenged.

Wondering if it'’s okay for white people to use black slang? Well, sure, but he warns, "“When you guys start using our words, that's when we know it's time for us to stop using them. Every time a white, middle-aged math teacher calls a student "dog",’ black people all over the country are notified via e-mail. Believe it."

Don't be surprised if it makes you laugh at yourself and your assumptions.

That'’s something everyone could use a little more practice at.

Available online at or at your local bookstore.


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