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With his Daily Show appearances and his "I'm a PC" Apple ads, John Hodgman has only become more famous since the hardcover edition of his all-you-need compendium of facts, The Areas of My Expertise was released. He has also become smarter. To reflect this, the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise has been expanded to include 100 new hobo names and new, additional complete world knowledge. John Hodgman and his fur-hatted associate, Jonathan, have prepared an exclusive video for Amazon customers explaining the above.
Click here or on the image above to watch John Hodgman describe the only book you'll ever need.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
In this super-literate, ultimately exhausting exercise in literary parody, New York Times magazine contributor Hodgman has produced "a compendium of COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE." From sections titled "What Will Happen in the Future" to "What You Did Not Know About Hobos," he piles up smart-alecky nonsense in layer upon layer of surreal, wholly fictional factoids. Whether highlighting American presidents who had hooks for hands, or sketching out the mythical secrets of Yale University, Hodgman creates a strange and intermittently hilarious parallel universe where lists of history's worst haircuts (in addition to the Mullet, there are the Scrape, the Scab and the Shag-Swoop) are printed alongside descriptions of "famous novels that were not originally published as books." Sprinkled throughout with breathless "factual" interjections—"Were you aware of it? The body of Thomas Edison was never buried. Instead it was displayed for many decades in a traveling carnival.... DOES IT EVEN SEEM POSSIBLE?"—this "almanac" demonstrates Hodgman's formidable imagination, if not his ability to amuse consistently. The individual passages are funny but get lost in an already overstuffed work. For the hyper-well-read fans of publications like McSweeney's, this is a treasure trove of twisted absurdist miscellany. For others, however, it may just be too much of a good thing.
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Hard to read right through. But great to open now and then for a random laugh.Published 5 months ago by S. Walsh
Bought this for a co-worker Christmas present, but I kept it. Mostly because I found myself engrossed by the book and partly because I hate my co-workers.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
A fascinating treasure trove of insight and knowledge. I especially enjoyed the section on short and long cons, which I have attempted to use repeatedly for my own personal... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lukas Jackson
I've had a lot of fun reading this book. Some sections I have read over and over and been struck by something funny and different each time I read them.Published 19 months ago by Dooley
Do not take this book on a train or bus. Do not take this book to read in a library or in church.
You'll embarrass yourself laughing and snorting. Oh my god -- hilarious! Read more
Its great reading on the john but I wouldn't recommend reading this at great length. Hodgman is a very talented comedian/actor extraordinaire but this book is more of a Cyclopedia... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Megatron
it was funny in spots but overall i had a hard time reading it. i still think john hodgman is really cool tho.Published on March 7, 2013 by fishismeat
Hodgman's talented and funny but a little bit goes a long way. Don't try to sit down and read this cover to cover, it'll get unfunny fast.Published on December 15, 2012 by azcurt