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How to be Cool: The 150 Essential Idols, Ideals and Other Cool S*** Paperback – 3 Aug 2017
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'This is a cool book. I'm a 69-year-old Republican who lives on a tree farm and drives a station wagon. I know everything about being uncool. And Thomas W. Hodgkinson is cool with that. Read his book and find out how you're a fool to be cool if you can't dare to be square. It's all cool.' - P. J. O'Rourke
'This is a cool book. I'm a 69-year-old Republican who lives on a tree farm and drives a station wagon. I know everything about being uncool. And Thomas W. Hodgkinson is cool with that. Read his book and find out how you're a fool to be cool if you can't dare to be square. It's all cool.' (PJ O'Rourke)
'Being hip is no longer a young person's game' (The Daily Telegraph 2016-10-28)
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on 30 November 2016
I began smoking by age 6, owned my first Mercedes convertible at 12 and since the age of 16 have spoken only to confirm my name in court, order rib-rattlingly strong cocktails and seduce aloof, erotically-charged women. Le cool, c'est moi. But even I found myself scribbling mental notes on this finely-judged socio-cultural baedeker. Reading this, in the company of a Sobranie gold and a Japanese whiskey, is the coolest thing to be doing this Christmas.
on 16 December 2016
A thourough research in order to define the essence of a social obligation, that has tantalized generations. Tips on how to find out whether you want it, how to look for it, how to not copy it but make your own. A skilled author with a refined sense of humour asking all the right questions.
on 3 January 2017
I gave this book to my brother for Christmas. He thinks he is really cool but he learnt so much for this book! And more importantly enjoyed reading this book very much, he couldn't put it down and kept reading out excerpts. A really original book and a great present.
this time flying solo in a (mostly successful) attempt to prove to us that cool is not just a state but it can be ...
on 16 November 2016
Hodgkinson carries on where he left off with How to Be Cultured, this time flying solo in a (mostly successful) attempt to prove to us that cool is not just a state but it can be learnt. The first part of the book is an amusing, whimsical yet simultaneously erudite exposition of primarily twentieth century icons in a similar vein to his previous work, the second a more considered view of cool by association. But it is in the third section - a discussion of his own personal views on the subject (including a touching portrait of his wife) - where Hodgkinson's work comes to life, indicating perhaps that the author has followed his own advice and that maybe being cool is also being true to oneself.
on 18 November 2016
The author has such a wonderful prose style I feel like picking up the book is a little like going on holiday. I mean that as a compliment. I don't mean that I can switch off mentally, just that he has a pleasant way of taking the reader by the hand and suddenly everything becomes fun (and pretty cool).
on 16 November 2016
But what if square is cool? Thinking you are cool is certainly very uncool. In a bold attempt to convince us that coolness can be learnt, or at least refined, and defined, Hodgkinson explores eloquently and humorously what it takes to be cool and gives us his meticulously researched guide to the essence of cool.
on 18 November 2016
I bought the book this month in the hope that I would be cool by the Christmas party season. I read it, took the online test - [...] - and... well, apparently, I am now impressively cool. I expect to be feted in December.
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