Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings - Glenn O'Brien

Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings - Glenn O'Brien


Introduction by Jonathan Lethem

Glenn O’Brien collaborated with visual artists, writers, fashion houses, and musicians throughout his almost 50-year career. Intelligence for Dummies: Essays and Other Collected Writings gathers Glenn O’Brien’s essays, aphorisms and tweets, to create a portrait of the artist as cultural bellwether, complemented by artwork and photographs from his collaborators. A full color, hardcover edition, Intelligence for Dummies is a deeply personal aperçu into Patti Smith and Jean Michel Basquiat’s New York, and the culture of money that ensued. It also reveals O’Brien’s incisive and prescient understanding of America’s political culture, and of our current president.

Release Date: October, 22, 2019

ISBN: 978-1733540100

Praise for the book:

“Enclosed in this beautiful package, please find: an agile mind, a perfect style, a canny and undeceivable heart, and a welcome, enduring presence in the reader’s life.” Michael Chabon

"Glenn O’Brien was, depending on how you look at it, either the first or the last real man: sensitive, cultured, astute, funny as fuck, gentle, with style to die for. Whether you think he inspired the best or is the end of a certain lineage, you still know he was rare. I was lucky to know him and feel luckier still to have his writing to remind me what a blessing his voice was." —Lena Dunham

"Glenn O’Brien delivered irony and grace with every gesture, thought, and sentence. He was acid-edged knowledge with a flounce of camp, a deeply intelligent person, and the voice you want on Warhol’s factory and the absurdities, generally, of life in the later twentieth century. If you’re a critic, read this book and weep that you’ll never be him, nor write like him." —Rachel Kushner

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