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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Books by John Jogn. He also frequently appeared on Theā€¦ More about John Hodgman. Be the first to ask a question about The Areas of My Expertise. Basically it’s a compilation of lists, charts, and short articles of data that Hodgman has made up. Nov 14, Hollowspine rated it really liked it.

I like the fictional almanac concept. Plus he has a whole chapter on hobos and seems to have a werewolf fetish, how could this be bad?

You really have to get this. This is true, even when he says that the state motto of Oregon is “In Or I’ve seen this guy on The Daily Show a few times, and every time I nearly soil myself laughing. I will probably never listen to it again, well, maybe just the minute long sections on NJ and ME because I can kind of relate to them and they were giggle inducing. It appears he was so humorous that he needed to take his humor to an audience who would appreciate him.

Oct 02, Pages. This theory was confirmed to me when he signed my book at the Fitzgerald theatre and placed upon the title page the hobo sign signaling that very action. The hobos 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. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: The Areas of My Expertise: Egypt, when done right, is a beautiful holiday destination.


Success thwarted by phobia. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. A few days later, the first of the hoboes “Stewbuilder Dennis” was posted to Flickr by Daniel Cardenas and a Flickr group Hoboes was subsequently formed.

By using this site, expdrtise agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This article has multiple issues. Ojhn his own description of the book in the introduction, he tells us: Part of his hilarity stemmed from his combination of entirely serious Pythonesque well, Chapman and Cleese-esque delivery, and part stemmed from the seemingly random topics of his research. It is obvious the jokes are based on some semblance of fact and offer tongue-in-cheek in-jokes for people aware of the source material.

But the text on the cover led me inside the book and soon it was clear: Get Known if you don’t have an account. Buy the Audiobook Download: 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 it into its current borders, or hoddgman “Man Versus Cyborg” is one of the five fundamental conflicts in literature. Describing hobos as exprrtise they were subhumans also isn’t helping with the laughter.

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The URL refers to hobo in the list, “my-e-hobo. Hero must choose between excellent sexual partner and stable companion. Some things are best left for loud barrooms and conversations over whiskey. Maybe I’ll skim the hard copy some other time, but even though he put a lot of work into the production and performance of the audio version, I never really enjoyed it. Cyborgs seek fortune on Broadway, settle for bartending gig, and learn much about human life.


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The inventions of John Hodgman’s mind are not only wildly entertaining, but I would go so far as to say that they impart a certain understanding of the world that The Jphn of My Expertise would be an invaluable supplement to anyone’s historical education. Each chapter has its own charm, or well, its own place. Hodgman claims that “Truth may be stranger than fiction, goes the old saw, but it is never as strange as lies.

Self-satisfied loner flouts irrational laws, reveals absurdity of societycongratulates self. He was freakin’ hilarious. American humour anyway – British humour I am perfectly capable of sitting down and reading and laughing my ass off. He begins at the absolute outer edge of credibility and, as if he is holding hodgnan hand, walks you over the edge into a very funny mix of reality and nonsense.

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Unfortunately, it’s pretty hit-or-miss. Feb 24, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: The internet browser game The Kingdom of Loathing features a playable game area named Hobopolis, which was directly inspired by Hodgman’s work. This article is missing information about its reception. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.