Former SNL writer and The New Yorker staffer Patty Marx employs the weapon she wields best - not that weapon; Patty believes in gun control. Instead she uses her sharp-edged humor to tackle the most difficult facet of aging: the mind's decline. From forgetting her brother-in-law's name while he was wearing a nametag to hanging up the phone to look for her phone, Marx confesses to her failures and not only to make you feel better about yourself.
In Let's Be Less Stupid, Patty addresses troubling conundrums, such as: If there are more neural connections in your brain than stars in the Milky Way, why did you put the butter dish in your nightstand drawer? Patty's quest to get smarter includes just about everything: learning Cherokee, popping pills (not the good kind), and listening to - who's the guy who didn't write dum de de dum, but the other one?
"In this juggernaut trek through various scientific labyrinths, Ms. Marx proves that it takes a huge and powerful brain to find out how stupid you are.... What a brain, and thus what a book." (Bruce McCall, author of Thin Ice)
"If you had a conversation with your funniest, smartest friend about your secret fear of losing your mind, this is what it would sound like. Marx's book is hilarious.... A must-read for anyone who has a brain." (Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief)
"...[I]t's the feel-good read of the season. Especially for people who don't know what season it is." (Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion)
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Snarky and repetitive
Marx's humor is more suited to a shorter format and seems strained and repetitive in this book.
Her humor is so obvious it was like listening to a teenager.
The subject matter interested me
Not hating but I wouldn't recommend anyone read this book. That being said I'm sure some will love it.
- Allison O'Brien