How I Became Stupid was an entertaining existential journey through the theory that ignorance is bliss. The hypothesis explored is that life is better when the intellectually-gifted protagonist tries to escape his burden by becoming stupid — through alcoholism, Prozac overdosing, big business, obsessions with material goods, and superficial relationships. It is a very French novel, though I think I find the idea behind the novel almost more inspiring than the writing itself. Such is the danger of translation, I suppose. I love the idea of intelligence being a burden rather than an asset, and appreciate the author’s brief treatment of the topic. Good light reading, without being devoid of room for consideration. 7/10.