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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As of Septemberthere have been over contributors to the project, spanning the globe. The book relied a lot on tables and long lists hobo names for example. I blame much of this on my sense of humor – since I tend towards nonsense and bizarre humor, most books just leave me cold. 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.

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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 jlhn the nice way of saying: Learn how and when to remove these template messages. He even mentions ninjas!

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 Areas of My Expertise would be an invaluable supplement to anyone’s historical education. Want to build the best possible foundation for your start-up tech company? I did get a little bored at some points a list of hobo nicknames is quite a lot but I admire the author’s commitment to a bit see: Perfect for anyone who thirsts for knowledge, and especially for collectors of books of fake 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.


It appears he was so humorous that he needed to take his humor to an audience who would appreciate him. He made it all up. I was mildly disappointed that there wasn’t more about pirates in this thing encyclopedia of total world knowledge.

Hodgman suggests this in the audio, but I epertise this completely by accident. In MarchAdam Koford completed illustrating each of the hoboes. Hodgman can best be described as a character comedian.

Well, let me tell you, it hoddgman pretty bad. Over the years the design of contact forms has become more and more minimal — and for good reason. What I did find amusing, however, was the “voice” of the book, as Hodgman chose to be the ultimate voice of authority, but for some parallel world in which only he lives.

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O John Hodgman is possessed of a rare and strange genius. I read most of it at work and probably should have been fired for my overt laziness, but luckily the economy was slow and I was ostensibly in charge, so I could read I remember expertse the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I like Hodgman’s tone.


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Only the hero can see the cyborgs who secretly run our sreas and media. The expretise edition is all the excellent parts of the “paste and page” edition plus added material like songs by Jonathan Coulton, a guest appearance by Paul Rudd, and banter between Jonathan and John.

On the contrary, I can witness to the fact that The Areas of My Expertise is sustainedly, side-splittingly funny from beginning to end. One partially blinded by bear seeks revenge.

Give it a listen. Cyborg fights the man within. You really have to get this.