Sunday, January 12, 2014

ReView of IN THE KNOW: THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO BEING CULTURED AND COOL by Nancy MacDonnell

If you enjoy knowledge, and you want to catch up a little bit on past influencers of our culture this is definitely a good source.  While the book focuses mostly on fashion icons and lifestyle elements, the first part of the book is very useful.  That part focuses on Ten Cultural Innovators, Ten Books You Should Read, Five Art Books to Display, and also Ten Films to Know About.

I spent the majority of my focus on the first couple of chapters because those were the chapters that were of interest of me.  I didn't much care for the others.  The book weighs heavily on Fashion & Lifestyle, and lacks the balance of Literature, Film, Arts & Philosophy, to which only one section was dedicated, and was named Culture.  A little weird, I say.

Nevertheless, that's just my opinion.  It's worth taking a look at.  It's worth giving it as a gift to someone who is probably into the Arts & Fashion lifestyle as it contain a lot of useful reference, and a lot of historical icons that revolutionized those subjects.

That's all I have to say.  It was kind of miss for me.  I figure culture is bigger part to being 'cultured and cool' than fashion and lifestyle, but maybe I'm wrong.  You decide for yourself.  I have decided for myself.


Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin
First Published: 2007


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