The Areas of My Expertise
by John Hodgman
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In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas of My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. Although best sellers such as Poor Richard's Almanack and The Book of Lists were certainly valuable, they also were largely true. 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: He made it all up.
Hilarious nonsense, read by the inimitable Author
I first heard John Hodgman on Ira Glass' THIS AMERICAN LIFE and was beside myself with laughter at his absurdist description of the largest shopping mall in America, filled with half-truths, truths and outright lies. I immediately pre-ordered this book in hardback and it did not fail to live up to my expectations. This audiobook is especially great tho, because anyone who has heard him on the radio or seen him on Jon Stewart's TV show knows that Mr. Hodgman's studied deadpan delivery is second to none. Here he is also accompanied by a singer and songwriter who annotates the pieces with complimentary tunes. What are you waiting, for? Buy it before the hoboes take over the internet!
i started reading the print version of this book, enjoyed it immensely, but realized it was lacking one thing: john hodgman reading it. so i got this version, and love it. (the hardcover is equally as good, and is somewhat cheaper, if that matters) ^_^
Good not great...
Having to drive from LA to Reno, got TAOME, Hodgman is great on TDS, and Mac Ads. Having listened to 6 hours of John, their are moments where his minutiae aka Dennis Miller with a George Will delivery grates after senseless topics with no major theme other than obese boys who like corn and Dungeon and Dragon references. Moments of Hobo history are classic but when he spends 30 minutes on Yale secret societies it seems to drag on and comes off a bit bitter rather biting satire... I can't imagine reading tables or buying the book, since the fake songs of US states and his understated chit -chat with his musican/valet is entertaining...