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How to Become an Intellectual: 100 Mandatory Maxims to Metamorphose Into the Most Learned of Thinkers

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A Capacious and Quintessential Guide

Maxims: #1: Carry a Scholarly Book (at "All" Times) #12: Know Your Manet from Your Monet #14: Be Proficient in at Least One Classical Instrument #64: Learn to Recite Romantic-Era Poetry on Cue

If you think you need a PhD in Greek and Roman philosophy from an Ivy League school to call yourself an intellectual, reconsider your supposition.
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ebook, 240 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by Adams Media Corporation (first published January 1st 2012)
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Cindy
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 s ...more
Tara
Some parts of this book were really funny, and it wasn't badly written. It was a book I chose to read on a whim, and when that whim passed, it was hard to keep reading.
Darin
As a reader who personifies a lot of the features mentioned in this book, a lot of the things that Kolakowski mentions hit awfully close to home...to the point where I'm not quite sure at times whether the author is seriously recommending that I do these things, or that he's parodying these features as things that intellectuals are SUPPOSED to do. But I think that very truth is what makes this book so effective. It's able to be serious but not TOO serious, exacting but not overbearing, intellige ...more
Nick
Absolutely concise and informative. I believe the only draw back is that the author is much more concerned about how you're perceived as an intellectual as opposed to just being an intellectual regardless of who's watching.
Anthony
Generally a good idea but unfortunately often not very well implemented. Very funny at times. Generally interesting but falls far behind what I had hoped for. Okay for a fun read...
Jan
Funny, tongue-in-cheek look at what it means to be an 'intellectual.'
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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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