Glenn O’Brien’s Guide to Friendship, Schmoozing, and Social Advancement

Glenn O’Brien was a NYC hipster in the 1980’s.  He was employed by Warhol and had his own TV show which featured Madonna, Debra Harry, Fab 5 Freddy and many other NY icons. Glenn  was interviewed in the movie Radiant Child a documentary on JM Basquiat.  For many years he has been GQ’s style guy.  I read this article a few years back in GQ and it was really a great read.  I wanted to share it with anyone who wants some pointers on how to behave and schmooze at social events 😉

Life is a euphemism for social climbing. There’s no shame in deliberately scaling the social ladder. That’s evolution. We are social animals, and we thrive in the company of others. Finding the best others we can is part of the natural-selection mechanism, and it’s far safer than rock climbing. And getting to the top of society is like getting to the top of Mount Everest, except you can stay there, usually in comfort. It’s an adventure. It’s exciting, like sport. If you fail, you don’t die; you simply relocate and start over.

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NYC

Too much to catch up with. I just returned from New York, and as always, had an inspiring trip. Time was well spent with late night outings with friends in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC is truly a city that never sleeps, especially on the weekends.

Further more, the OFFF Design conference http://www.offf.ws/nyc/ was good with workshops with ISO50 to private performances with the kids of Reactable (touring with Bjork): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm_FzLya8y4]

I was fortunate enough to kill many birds with one stone on this trip. In the four days I was in the Big Apple I was able to attend the http://myartspace.com art show in New York’s Chelsea art district at McCormack Gallery which featured many talented artists from around the US and world, including myself ;). See the vid I shot:
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I’ll have more art images up from my first thursday jouney in Chelsea, the art mecca. This is the place where artists don’t F-around, where pockets are deep, knowledge is king and inspiration is endless. This is where you kind of “Seperate the Men from the Boys”, if you don’t mind that generic term, months even years are spent on a single work of art. Artists like Duan Hanson. He has an exhibit now at Van De Weghe fine art:

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