Social Q's

How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today

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A cornerstone of The New York Times’s Styles section, Philip Galanes confronts today’s most awkward and pressing questions with laugh-out-loud dish and practical wisdom. Not only about the new ways to thank a friend for throwing you a bridal shower, or how to deal with a noisy neighbor, but also how to navigate a new age crowded with Tweets, twits, OMGs, and WTFs, Social Q’s is a knockout book that will guide you swiftly through the treacherous terrain of modern etiquette—and keep you laughing for days.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451605792 | 
  • November 2012
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What are Social Q's? Watch to Find Out

Find out what Social Q's actually are and how to manage them with a Q&A session with author Philip Galanes.

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Introduction

Not Your Mummy’s Advice Column


What should I do?

I get it all day long.

I’m pretty sure the woman who swims laps next to me at the Y is peeing in the pool. What should I do?

It started a few years back, when I began the Social Q’s advice column for the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times.

My boyfriend has an identical twin that I’m strangely hotter for than I am for him. What should I do?

Since then, the questions come faster than a drunken starlet behind the wheel of a speeding Maserati.

My dad seems to have mixed... see more
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Taking the “Woe” out of Co-Workers


Just Because You Sit Together Doesn’t Make You Besties

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My name is James. I introduce myself as James and sign my name as James. But my co-workers always refer to me as “Jimmy.” I think the nickname conveys an image of immaturity, and is inappropriate with clients and other professionals. How do I get my colleagues to change the way they refer to me?

—James, Long Island, NY

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Have you thought about wearing long pants to the office, and maybe leaving that little red... see more

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