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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Read it Forward Read it first. Believe me, this was the last thing I wanted to do and, I suspect, the last thing you wanted as well.

Snakes lie in wait. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking:. In fact, one can imagine students in the far future doing so. About The Areas of Jkhn Expertise The Areas of My Expertise is hogdman 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.

As of Septemberthere have been over contributors to the project, spanning the globe. His laid-back manner, dry wit, droll deliverly and “”expert”” schtick are a perfect match for that show.

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But it’s really nothing more than a bathroom book. Penguin- Humor – pages. Zoo animals attack zookeepers. His essay on his home state of Massachusetts in “State by State” is clever and well-written, and when I saw him interviewed by Tom Perrotta at the Boston Book Festival, Hodgman was hilarious, quick-witted and off the cuff.

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Be the first to ask a question about The Areas of My Expertise. This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat I really wanted to like this book. It is written in the form of absurd historical stories, complex charts and graphs, and fake newspaper columns. John Hodgman brings his considerable expertise to bear in answering all of the questions book buyers have been asking: He was freakin’ hilarious.

This is certainly more of a bathroom reader than a piece to be read straight-through, and I did laugh out loud a few times, but ultimately even a book to be paged through randomly should have a higher ratio of funny bits, especially if it’s already on expeftise slender side.

Aug 25, Mark Rayner rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This took place in Here is a different kind of handy desk reference, one in which all kf the historical oddities and amazing true facts are sifted through the singular, illuminating imagination of John Hodgman—which is the nice way of saying: The audiobook version, which in many ways is even more hilarious, is read by Hodgman in his trademark deadpan style.

He also explains to the reader how to win a fight including, among other tactics, attack ads in which you accuse your opponent of masturbating out of windows. While Hodgman’s story is, expertisw course, entirely fictional, an actual furry lobster, Kiwa hirsutawas discovered in March in the South Pacific. At one point in the beginning John suggests you take all of the discs, throw them in the air and then play them at random as arreas grab.

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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 with impunity. Threat of present-day cyborgs. Plus he has a whole chapter on hobos and seems to have a werewolf fetish, how could this be bad? 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.


Conscience prevents acceptance of Human Resources. Hero wonders if closest friend is actually his archenemy, then lives in fear. Take for example the funniest line in the book. If you’re anywhere near hodgmaj tweaked as me, you’ll find yourself laughing so hard you collapse to the ground in a spasming puddle of glee. Unfortunately, it’s pretty hit-or-miss. Some would say that the very excess of the hobo names are what makes it humorous, and maybe it’s better in the audiobook version, but simply reading the names ad nauseum was more soporific than tickling.

About The Areas of My Expertise 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.

The URL refers to hobo in the list, “my-e-hobo. The audiobook 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, expegtise banter between Jonathan and John. They look for the perfect wedding location and hire the ideal….

Jul 04, Allisonperkel rated it it was ok Shelves: Every single fact in joun is a lie The ocean arrives to put an end expertide well-laid plans.