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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?

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  • “Smarten up with Marx’s quizzes, brainteasers, anecdotes, and self-help guides while giving your funny bone a witty workout.”


  • “The New Yorker humorist demands to know what middle age has done with her brain—but if this new collection is a measure, she’s as sharp as ever.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Delivers salutary cognitive jolts amid the general hilarity…If you regularly arrive in rooms with no memory of what you were looking for, this one is for you.”


  • “Since one of the meditation techniques mentioned is laughter, merely reading this book could help your hippocampus feel the burn. Start with Marx’s suggestions, then plot your personal brain boot camp since, sadly, liposuction is not an option for shaping up an aging brain.”


  • “Patty Marx’s unending wit, comedy, insight, and panic are here on display in her new, exciting, book.”

    Steve Martin, American comedian and actor

  • “Patty Marx has plenty of advice to help you keep your mind young, while acknowledging how hopeless the dream of maintaining a young brain really is. So, don’t think about it; let your mind go blank; look at the pictures, and laugh out loud.”

    Bill Nye, television host

  • “This book is hilarious. In gleefully mocking her own feeble brain, Patty Marx reveals herself to be downright brilliant. Predictably, her humor is packed with merriment, fizzy wit and belly laughs, but here’s the surprise: she brings truckloads of knowledge to her complex subject and even the occasional flash of wisdom.”

    John Lithgow, Emmy Award winning-American actor

  • “Patty Marx’s new book on the mind and its slippages is one more welcome Marxian performance: fascinating truths, offered with wit, and wonderful wit, with truth inside it.”

    Adam Gopnik, Canadian American writer for the New Yorker

  • “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, engaging, and jammed with wonderfully oddball science, delivered with her inimitable wit. A must-read for anyone who has a brain.”

    Susan Orlean, American journalist and author of Saturday Night

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About the Author
Author Patricia Marx

Patricia Marx is a former writer for Saturday Night Live whose nonfiction and humor essays have appeared in several publications. The first woman to write for the Harvard Lampoon, she is also the author of several humor books. She lives in New York City.