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I’m Pretty Sure This “Bro List” Of Books Is Incorrect

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There’s a list on Buzzfeed today called “The Broist Bro Books You’ll Find On A Bro’s Book Shelf.” I tried to analyze it, and I’ll give them, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell seems designed for only bros. But I kind of think they’ve got a few that seem off.

Like… The Great Gatsby. Unless they assume that bros really love Jay Z’s music, and have some false impressions going in. And Beyond Good and Evil? By Nietzsche? It’s exciting that these bros are seemingly philosophy majors in elaborate, popped collar disguise. Likewise, I can’t really see them sitting around discussing the merits of The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, because, seriously, imagine say, Pauly D doing that. That is not a conversation you would be having, I DO NOT THINK. His still waters may run very deep, and I may be being unfair.

Oh, and, also, all of them, because seriously, what bros do you know who sit around pounding brewskis and and saying “yo, dawg, you will not BELIEVE the prose in The Great Gatsby?” Right, none of them.

As Flavorwire points out, this whole notion is kind of stupid, because:

 This idea that we should claim certain books for a specific gender is a silly one that hardly helps encourage a broader discussion or foster an inclusive literary community. These lists only highlight the fact that men, males, dudes, and bros have already dominated our bookshelves for way too long, and now that we ought to know better, any attempts to do the same just seem a little sad.

So, that.

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  • Eileen

    I don’t think your understanding of “bro” is the same as mine. I do not think of Jersey Shore castmembers as “bros.” When I hear “bro,” I think:

    1) You are from New England and/or went to prep school there. Maybe Exeter, maybe Phillips Andover, maybe Groton.

    2) Your standard dress includes polo shirts and khakis. You dislike jeans but will wear them if necessary. You wear sneakers only to the gym.

    3) You majored in econ. Not business – that’s too trade-school. Classical economics, maybe with a minor in political theory.

    4) You were in a fraternity. One of the popular ones. You paid a lot of money to live in a fancy house and go to expensive parties. This is how you became a “bro” = fraternity brother.

    5) You say things like, “I want to go to Princeton. I don’t know why, but I think of all Harvard men as sissies, like I used to be, and all Yale men as wearing big blue sweaters and smoking pipes. I think of Princeton as being lazy and good-looking and aristocratic – you know, like a spring day.”

    6) You recognize that the above is from This Side of Paradise and believe that Fitzgerald, and maybe Hemingway and John Knowles are the writers who really GET you.

    • LindsayCross

      I majored in Econ… And I feel suddenly insecure about this.

    • Eileen

      There’s nothing wrong with majoring in econ! It just means you probably met a lot of bros. (Actually, I’ve heard that a lot of finance companies prefer econ majors to business majors because famously exclusive private schools are more likely to insist on a liberal arts education with econ, rather than business school for undergrads. Hence why bros like it.)

    • Anonachocolatemousse

      I think there are a few types of bros. For the internet it is the Jersey Shore bro who works out like crazy, tans like crazy and gels his hair like crazy (very easy to make fun of them). However I do believe that both of these types are “bros” in their own right.

  • Charmless

    I don’t equate Jersey Shore types with bros at all. I don’t think bros are flashy. They’ll bro down over a sharp J Crew shirt, but they don’t use hairdryers and would call you “gay” if you owned a flat iron. They got their tans playing ultimate frisbee or at the driving range, not from a bed. This is why bros often have farmer tans.

    However, according to that chart, I’m a bro.

    Where’s Tim Ferriss on that chart? He’s like a bro god.

  • jamiepeck

    Much of the literary canon is coded as male and many male writers write in a super macho intellectual-bro type of way, including some of the ones on Buzzfeed’s list. I am not making this up.

    • jamiepeck

      Like, I really loved On The Road but I would’ve liked it more if Kerouac hadn’t written about women and minorities as if they were a different species. The same is true of Klosterman re: women.

    • Joyf

      That’s what I thought of Kavalier and Clay too! Didn’t finish … gah such a dickfest.

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      I don’t equate Jersey Shore types with bros at all. I don’t think
      bros are flashy. They’ll bro down over a sharp J Crew shirt, but they
      don’t use hairdryers and would call you “gay” if you owned a flat iron.
      They got their tans playing ultimate frisbee or at the driving range,
      not from a bed. This is why bros often have farmer tans.

  • MR

    Bro is slang for Brother. It’s ’70s inner city, and was a compliment when an African-american called you, a White, by the name.