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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The Areas of My Expertise: I understand the compact disc version includes six 6 discs and were I listening to it by those means I would be nearly halfway through the second disc.

He made it all up. I was fucking bored out of my mind by this book. Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both. Who knows, I may pick this book up again in a few months and fall in love with it, but right now it just seems like a waste of time, od i can’t pf myself to read much of it.

This is a book to be kept somewhere where you may occasionally need to read a few pages to keep you occupied while waiting — say, in your car for Hodgman was my kind of snob, and I fell in love. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Everything turns out to be a dream. About The Areas of My Expertise The Areas of My Expertise is a lavish compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom—all of it completely unresearched, completely undocumented and presumably completely untrue, fabricated by the illuminating, prodigious imagination of John Hodgman, certifiable genius.

Jjohn 14, Hollowspine rated it really liked it. Success thwarted by phobia. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For the record, SNL Syndrome 2 is having the people in every skit talk to the camera, typically as if they were on a cable TV talk show. You’ve got to be in a mood for something well-written but completely silly. On the contrary, I can witness to the fact that The Areas of My Expertise is sustainedly, side-splittingly funny from beginning to end.


Now that was hilarious since it had some grounding. This article needs additional citations for verification. Of the many books of world knowledge I have read, The Areas of My Expertise was by far the most daring, truthful hodvman also the only book of world knowledge that I have read. In Octoberon hearing the audio file, Mark Frauenfelder proposed on the BoingBoing website to have ” cartoonists volunteer to draw one of the hoboes” that Hodgman listed in the book.

The inventions of John Hodgman’s mind are not only wildly entertaining, but I wo Completely hilarious.

An audio file of the reading, accompanied by frequent collaborator Jonathan Coulton playing ” Big Rock Candy Mountain ” “live for an hour, one take”, was posted to a page on the promotional website for the book. Only the hero can see the cyborgs who secretly run our government and media.

This book is so amusing you may not be able to read it in one sitting; less you disable yourself from hodgmam doubled-over with laughter. Nov 17, Megan Baxter rated it liked it.

Looking for More Great Reads? 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 expeertise that is contained within this book along with all the pages and words.

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.


And he is positively obsessed with hobos; hobo names like “Illinois Obama” and “Yum Yum Sinclair Snowball Eater” are funny, but do we need of them? Not only that, everything in it is absolutely false. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. Structured like an almanac that has nothing but contempt for almanacs, The Areas of my Expertise is a treat for anyone who has spent too much time in the reference section of their local library.

I cannot tell you who did commit the murder, but it is well known. He has performed at the U.

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You actually have your hourglass figure from your youth back. 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. Hodgman can best be described as a character comedian.

Silly, funny, godgman not to be taken too seriously.

Egypt, when done right, is a beautiful holiday destination. Return to Book Page. The audiobook version, which in many ways is even more hilarious, is read by Hodgman experyise his trademark deadpan style. I particularly enjoyed his rundown of the states, and the songs his assistant came up with. It was after the fact that I realized I approached it the wrong way.

I’ll stick to him being the resident expert on the Daily Show, I think.

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