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Granted, I was not born a WASP, nor would I be attending an Ivy League college, nor was I born in a wealthy family but I had a thirst for intellectual conversations, I had a strong interest in foreign cinema, art, politics, opera and classical music.
How the 18-year-old me, would have loved to read Nick Kolakowski's "How to Become an Intellectual: 100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose into the Most Learned at Thinkers".
A hilarious, fascinating and fun book, Kolakowski's book has a lot of truth in it but also things that shouldn't be taken to literally. In the book, Kolakowski offers 100 maxims, several paragraphs of why, a theory into practice of how one can include it in their life and the inevitable footnote.
For example, Kolakowski's first Maxim is to "Carry an Intellectual Book (At all Times)". Personally, these days, I know of no one who carries a book with them at all times, unless its on their iPad, Kindle Fire or Nook (including magazine subscriptions which I see many friends downloading digital copies to their tablet), but aside from the conversations of books at a restaurant or event, to a person's home to look at their library with a plethora of books, it's all about one's willingness to engage in conversations about books and know what people are talking about.Read more ›
Each little chapter has a theory and then an example of how to put the theory into practice and then each theory and practice has the inevitable footnote. He covers each subject in a funny, exhilarating way and provides much food for thought as well as tidbits of facts to grow the brain. Each page of this book is a treat. Read it when you need a little pick me up or when you feel you could use some advice after making an unforgivable social blunder in front of the smarties at work. You'll soon feel refreshed and ready to go and put some of these theories into practice. I haven't found the time to choose an instrument to play but I have given thought to pulling out the old jacket with the worn elbows and have decided to choose my jokes wisely and I try not to quote Shakespeare or succumb to the temptations of using Latin phrases too often.
Great book, well written, refreshing and very clever. I am leaving this book around the house so others can absorb the knowledge and become more intellectual to keep up with me.
The book is really a guide to etiquette for those that want to leave the favorable impression of an intellectual person when interacting with others. Resist the temptation to show off, whether it's your cell phone, your alma mater, or your Latin. Be engaging and courteous by being polite, losing a debate graciously, and making dinner fun. This book has lots of good advice - and some amusing fluff.
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This book is a delight for anyone who crosses paths regularly with academicians and the chattering class. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Rep. Phil English
What a funny and enlightening read! This book gives you the tid-bits about all the ins and outs of being a well rounded intellectual, while poking fun at the snobbish ones. Read morePublished 13 months ago by K. F. Pete
This is a fascinating book which I highly recommend. It will challenge and grow your brain.Published 13 months ago by Truett Austin
If you have a strong desire to join the elite and snobbish elements in society known as the intelligentsia this book (How to become an intellectual: 100 mandatory maxims by Nick... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
Good advice for those who feel their mental abilities and acquired knowledge are not fully appreciated. It's also a lot of fun!Published on January 29, 2014 by TheCounter
This book looks at the elements one needs to become (or appear to be) an intellectual. Well written and has a great sense of humor.Published on May 9, 2013 by Hello!
I think this book tries to be a little cute in its "100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose into the Most Learned of Thinkers," and some of these "mandatory maxims" are complete... Read morePublished on April 6, 2013 by April Blake
Found this book very interesting and absoultly helariuos!! Thanks!! Looking forword to read some more of it!! Highly recomended! ThanksPublished on March 28, 2013 by Maiken
As a recent graduate of the Humanities I picked up this book thinking it was either going to be a satirical look at higher education ( a little self-deprecated humor never hurt... Read morePublished on November 18, 2012 by S. Nichols
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