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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In it, Hodgman is a former literary publisher who areae the reader on how to publish a book and what such a book areass include. In the McSweeney’s realm of humor, and like most of the McSweeney’s humor when it works it’s really funny, but sometimes you feel like your on the outside of an injoke. I do not know if Hodgman mistakenly wrote the sign due to weariness or due to my name, Sharky Sharp-Tooth Woodwittler, thought that I was one of his hobo generals.

Pick it up when you feel like it, read a random passage about whatever, put it down, wash your hands, and carry on with your day. In MarchAdam Koford completed illustrating each of the hoboes.

This article needs ateas citations for verification. A stranger comes to town. Shark loves Jet also can be Man v. It is intelligent, absurd humour, and primarily a parody of Yodgman Richard’s Almanackwritten by Benjamin Franklin, and more broadly, a pastiche of almanacks and trivia books in general.

Take for example the funniest line in the book. Believe me, this was the last thing I wanted to do and, I suspect, the last thing you wanted as well. Hero must choose between excellent sexual partner and stable companion.

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Other books in the series. From then, Hodgman present information and anecdotes that suggests he is privy to such valuable and secretive information that he has chosen to publish for a profit.


In fact, one can imagine students in the far future doing so. It may not be true, but that’s how things are” Hodgman includes a photo of the newly discovered crustacean in the rear cover of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertisealong with the words, “Some readers have taken this as a worrisome portent that certain items in my book of lies may be coming true.

One partially blinded by bear overcomes need for revenge. What you do not find here, unfortunately, is wonderful vitriol aimed at Rachel Ray, I person he hates so much she cannot be mentioned between these covers.

There are very few books that make me laugh out loud. Ever wondered how many U.

The Areas of My Expertise

exeprtise Whimsical and ridiculous, very dry nonfacts about random tidbits of life. View all 6 comments. Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book. If you’re anywhere near as tweaked as me, you’ll find yourself laughing so hard you collapse to the ground in a spasming puddle of glee.

Lists with This Book. This page was last edited on 6 Hodgkanat He makes hobos humorless. Nov 17, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. His laid-back manner, dry wit, droll deliverly and “”expert”” schtick are a perfect match for that show. However if I really wanted to like this book. Presidents eexpertise hooks for hands?

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Hodgman suggests this in the audio, but I did this completely by accident. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking:. You actually have your hourglass figure from your youth back. May 13, Snowden rated it it was amazing. Looking for More Great Reads? This is suggested as a means by which to further his insistence that you think for yourself and act on only your impulses Dec 31, Aread Harrumpherous rated it it was ok Recommends it for: If you This is by far one of the most random, bizarre, and yet still funny books I’ve ever read.


Hero wonders if closest friend is expertjse his archenemy, then lives in fear. And if you homeschool them, they will stay this way forever. As vital a purchase as the book itself, and definitely louder.

I really wanted to like this book. Also not to be missed are the song stylings of the great Jonathan Coulton, acting here in his capacity as the audiobook’s formerly feral “official troubador” feel more than free to check out his jjohn songs at www.

It was after joh fact that I realized I approached it the wrong way. While I was reading John Hodgman’s almanac of made-up trivia, I kept on expecting myself to get tired of the “joke” man makes up a book of fake trivia, har har harbut I was mildly surprised to find that Experitse never did. The Hoboes Project refers to an internet meme that originated with a recording of Hodgman’s recitation of the hobo names from The Areas of My Expertise.

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Early 21st Century Comedy: Nov 18, Clinton rated it liked it Shelves: If you could take the randomness of a Douglas Adams book and combine it with the journalistic integrity of Dave Barry, and then somehow make it even more bizarre, you’d have something approaching this book. Upon reading other reviews, it looks like the audio book is the way to go. Pursuit throughout life by a French constable whose determination exceeds his reason.

Imagine if The Book of Lists had been rewritten by Peter Cook and Jorge Luis Borges under the pseudonym of “John Hodgman” and then renamed The Areas of My Expertiseand you will only begin to have a sense of the dizzying, uproarious, sublimely weird, and strangely wise journey that is contained within this book along with all the pages and words.