Social Q's

How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries, and Quagmires of Today

Social Q's

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.
  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451605792 | 
  • November 2012
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Posted by Philip Galanes

No more scented candles! If we wanted our homes to smell like “Summer Rain” (with its sticky humidity and propensity to mildew), we'd move to Seattle—or buy the stinky candle ourselves. Don't take my word for it. I've got scads of letters to prove...

About the Author

Philip Galanes
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Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes is the author of “Social Q’s,” the advice column published weekly in the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. Philip is also an entertainment lawyer and novelist. He was born and raised in New England, and graduated from Yale College and Yale Law School. He occasionally sidelines as an interior designer, and his projects have been published in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, New York magazine, and The New York Times. Visit him at