Let's Be Less Stupid

Let's Be Less Stupid

An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties

Book - 2015
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"I believe Freud got it wrong when he said that the two basic drives that motivate our thoughts and behavior are 1) sex and 2) death, which he sometimes called aggression, go figure. So what runs the show, then? Fear of embarrassment prevails until theage of thirty, followed by the desire to lose weight, and finally, the need to sit down." In LETS BE LESS STUPID, longtime New Yorker staffer and former SNL writer, Patty Marx, employs the weapon she wields best--razor-sharp humor--to tackle what is perhaps the most difficult facet of aging-the decline of the mind. From losing her keys to forgetting her sister-in-law's name, Marx has done it all, and somehow prevailed with friendships in tact. Unrelentingly funny and unexpectedly candid, LET'S BE LESS STUPID speaks to women and men of a certain age, but it will make you laugh at any age. Filled with anecdotes about trying to learn Cherokee, zapping her brain with electricity, taking pills that make her pay attention, and listening to hours of Mozart--allin the service of keeping her mental faculties intact--this is an utterly fresh and original take from one of the smartest comedic writers today. The first woman to be elected to the Harvard Lampoon, Marx is her generation's Nora Ephron. "-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2015
ISBN: 9781455554959
Branch Call Number: 818.5402 Marx
Characteristics: xvii, 188 p. : ill


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Sep 21, 2015

I have a very well developed sense of humor but found this book to be a waste of my time, a rarity in itself in terms of reading books.

mcmurray777 Aug 19, 2015

Unless experiencing some traumatic injury, a person's I.Q. remains the same over their life (plus or minus 3 points at any given time). "Let's Be Less Stupid" details the writer's whimsical journey to attempt to raise her I.Q. She tries anything available that's been hawked as an intelligence booster. Many of the things she does are self-evident that it would increase brain function, but not raise I.Q., others may be harmful and regress her brain (electronic zapping). Along the way are some interesting facts; you won't believe Reggie Jackson's I.Q. It is an easy read, some of it a bit silly, and the writer, I think, does a cop out at the end in not revealing her true results.


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