Intelligence for Dummies

Intelligence for Dummies

Essays and Other Collected Writings

Glenn O'Brien, Jonathan Lethem


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  • Glenn O’Brien developed a devoted following through his decades-long columns in Interview, ArtForum, and GQ.
  • O’Brien was the first editor of Interview magazine, and wrote some of the first important features on Jean Michel Basquiat, Christopher Wool, Richard Prince.
  • His genre-breaking and defining public access show TV Party featured Debbie Harry, Chris Stein (Blondie), and Basquiat as the house band.
  • He worked extensively in advertising, naming perfumes, and writing delirious and serial commercials for Chanel, starring Scarlett Johansson, Brad Pitt, and Matthew McConaughey, amongst others.
  • His book How to be Man (Rizzoli) sold over 55,000 copies, many in specialty stores.
  • With an introduction by Jonathan Lethem this volume is intended to re-introduce Glenn O’Brien as one of the most interesting, astute writers of his era.
  • The book will launch with a party and media support from many of the artists and musicians that O’Brien supported in his writing.

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