Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings

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6.1 X 9.0 X 1.1 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Glenn O'Brien (1947-2017) was one of the most widely read and influential magazine writer-editors of the last fifty years and was a hall-of-fame copy - writer and creative director whose ads are ingrained in popular culture. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, O'Brien studied at Georgetown University and Columbia University Graduate School of the Arts. After college, he joined Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, which he helped shape over his 20-year association. He wrote regular columns in publications including Artforum, GQ, Harper's Bazaar, Paper, Purple, and Spin, and was widely read on the subjects of art, fashion, and music. Beloved as GQ's "Style Guy", his witty advice column was syndicated in GQ editions around the world. O'Brien's wrote dozens of books, including 2011's best-selling How to Be A Man, published in six countries.


"The real keepers in this volume are precisely detailed and often moving evocations of his friends: Warhol, Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Richard Prince, James Nares. He conveys them in ways that are strangely difficult to quote, since they are contingent on chatter, circumstance, anecdote, and location, and evoke by accretion." --Luc Sante, New York Review of Books
"The smartly designed book features critical reviews, profiles, and essays alongside poems, freeform meditations, diatribes, tweets, and works of fiction. Intelligence for Dummies is not just a mélange of O'Brien's greatest (and quirkiest) hits, however; the rounded selection pointedly reflects his virtuosity with form and the imaginative fluency he had within the medium of words." --Eugenie Dalland, Los Angeles Review of Books