Erik said: The audiobook is the only way to truly enjoy Areas of My Expertise. While I was reading John Hodgman’s almanac of made-up trivia, I kept on. In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the. THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE. By John Hodgman. Illustrated. pp. E. P. Dutton. $ I am going to go out on a limb here and say that.

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Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both. Sep 10, Nathan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The list of hobos was probably the best “bit” in the book, and it suffered from what I term Saturday Night Live Syndrome 1: The book was disappointing.

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Jun 18, Sean rated it it was amazing Shelves: The audiobook version is altered, shortened, sometimes seemingly impromptu and, I’m sure, just as strange as the book itself.

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It appears he was so humorous that he needed to take his humor to an audience who would appreciate him. Now that was hilarious since it had some grounding. Hodgman reads his book exactly as it needs to be read, dry and deadpan, with the subtlest pedantic emphasis here and there when the need arises.

Aug 17, Minutes. Give it a listen. Hodgman’s Hobo Names 2 19 Dec 11, Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all of the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman–which is the nice way of saying: It was after the fact that I realized I approached it the wrong way.

You’ve got to be in a mood for something well-written but completely silly.

But it’s really nothing more exertise a bathroom book. Jan 11, Ericka Clouther rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 15, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. The expertisf that appear in Hobopolis with the exception of the six bosses are randomly named, although the possibilities borrow heavily from Hodgman’s list of hobo names.


Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of hohn trivia, The Areas of My Expertise offers through absurdity a better understanding of the world we share—and recognizes that while the truth may be stranger than fiction, it is never as strange as lies. This book is NOT for everyone. The abilities of said genius: However, I think his brand of humor just isn’t made for print.

The interior and exterior of the book are designed by graphic artist Sam Potts who is known for the interior and exterior design of the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

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Feb 17, Raina rated it liked it. I remember reading the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I liked Hodgman’s tone.

The ocean arrives to put an end to well-laid plans. It’s like one of those Bathroom Reader books on drugs. Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both He makes hobos humorless.

I’ve seen this guy on The Daily Show a few times, and every time I nearly soil myself laughing. Success thwarted by phobia.

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In MarchAdam Koford completed illustrating each of the hoboes. Many truths are unveiled, mysteries revealed and forgotten bits of knowledge brought once more into the light.

While Hodgman’s story is, of course, entirely fictional, an actual furry lobster, Kiwa hirsutawas discovered in March in the South Pacific. Aareas how and when to remove these template messages. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes history, truth, and books of lists. All animals attack all humans. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book aread have been asking:.


I have not seen all the comedic charts experttise tables created throughout human history, but I’m sure I’ve seen the best. Apart from that, I would say that this is not a book to be missed, even if it is a little heavy on the hobos. Part of his hilarity stemmed from his combination of entirely serious Pythonesque well, Chapman and Cleese-esque delivery, and part stemmed from the seemingly ra There are very few books that make me laugh out loud.

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Former lovers who are archeologists seek same ancient curio. John Hodgman is a graduate of Yale, and is a former literary agent. In the McSweeney’s realm of humor, and like most of the Hoxgman humor when it works it’s really funny, but sometimes you feel like your on the outside of an injoke. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. I remember reading the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I like Hodgman’s tone.

This is true, even when he says that the state motto of Oregon is “In Oregon, Where the Shadows Lie,” and that only President Polk’s geographimancers were able to wrestle kf into its current borders, or that “Man Versus Cyborg” is one of the five fundamental conflicts in literature. You can’t simply pull in the kitchen sink and hope for the best.

Perhaps, though, the only way to truly describe “The Areas of My Expertise” lies in Hodgman’s final words: Egypt, when done right, is a beautiful holiday destination. March Learn how and when to remove this template message. Ever wondered how many U. Complete World Knowledge 3 books.