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How to Become an Intellectual: 100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose into the Most Learned of Thinkers Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Nick Kolakowski is a magazine editor and journalist. Currently a staff editor for eWeek.com, Nick has written for McSweeney's, Playboy, WebMD, AutoWeek, Washington Flyer, LOST Magazine, AARP the Magazine, and DC Style, and freelanced for The Washington Post and Washington City Paper.

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  • File Size: 3743 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (March 18, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007O2DWLG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nick Kolakowski's work has appeared in The Washington Post, McSweeney's, Washington City Paper, Playboy, LOST magazine, Trader Monthly, WebMD, and eWeek, among other venues. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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I remember watching a scene from Whit Stillman's 1990 film "Metropolitan", about a not-so-rich college student named Tom Townsend, who attends events where intellectuals go to and when he somehow ends up going to a party with them. He discusses conversations about Lionel Trilling, Fanny Price, Jane Austen novels, etc. And right after high school, I found myself connecting to this film because I wanted to be part of this circle of intellectuals.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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How to Become an Intellectual - 100 Mandatory Maxims is a must read. This refreshing take on intellectuals features belly laughs on each page along with morsels of truth and great advice! If you'd like to know which books to carry around to make you look smart, or which operas you should familiarize yourself with, look no further. I've greatly enjoyed reading Nick Kolakowski's views on appearing intellectual to peers - what kind of jokes to tell, what type of internet signature to have, how to sign a signature for the greatest impact, all great advice to put one ahead of the masses on the scale of intellect.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. A. Carpenter VINE VOICE on June 28, 2012
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How to Become an Intellectual: 100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose into the Most Learned of Thinkers by Nick Kolakowski is amusing and entertaining. Divided into dozens of two and three page maxims covering a wide range of topics. Here you will find advice on such things as choosing your intellectual role model, knowing the basic chess moves, and being wary of spell check. Each maxim states the main point, discusses how to put it into practice, and ends with a usually humorous footnote.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maxwell Fohrman on April 1, 2012
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Kolakowski is one of my favorite young writers, one whom I have followed over the years in Mcsweeney's and other smaller literary journals. "How to Become an Intellectual" seems like the perfect (and logical) next step for this rising literary voice. Cheeky (though it could have been a wee bit more biting as some of his other writing has exhibited in the past) and fun "How to Become an Intellectual" is one of those rare "handbooks" that seems to hit a perfect cultural punch, giving it the plumb opportunity to be what many (including myself) would call "an instant cult classic". Audaciously witty and memorable "How to Become an Intellectual" is written in the same grand spirit/tradition as The Official Preppy Handbook, The Hipster Handbook and The Field Guide to North American Males.
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