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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Areas of My Expertise: Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book. Paperbackpages. Published September 5th by Penguin Books first published Complete World Knowledge 1.
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You really have to get this. It’s in the audiobook section, misfiled under non-fiction.
Notable to the audiobook: I was fucking bored out ny my mind by this book. The only thing that was remotely entertaining was the chapter on joyn, and that’s mostly because I think the word “hobo” is hilarious.
Too jonn precious, and, as Katie who also hated it said, “Why would I read un-funny fake facts when I could read real iohn View all 6 comments. Nov 17, Megan Baxter rated it liked it. I expertjse, maybe I just shouldn’t read humour. American humour anyway – British humour I am perfectly capable of sitting down and reading and laughing my ass off.
But most American humour, in written form? At most, there’s a wry smile, a “that was kinda fun. The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and e I dunno, maybe I just shouldn’t read humour.
The rest of this review has been withheld due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Aug 19, Glen Engel-Cox rated it it was ok Shelves: I acquired this book through our book club gift exchange and, although I had never heard of it before, thought it would be an interesting read, and it came recommended by some of the members of the club.
I tended to read it before going to sleep every night, and perhaps that affected my opinion of it, but in comparison to the other book I was currently reading, the latest novel by Joe Keenan, its humor felt to me either so understated as to be missing or so forced as to be strained. The list of I acquired this book through our book club gift exchange and, although I had never heard of it before, thought it would be an interesting read, and it came recommended by some of the members of the club.
The list of hobos was probably the best “bit” in the book, and it suffered from what I term Saturday Night Live Syndrome 1: 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.
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Both of these are more true of ss SNL than the original years. 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. 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.
Like Borges’s classic short story, “Tlon Uqbar Orbis Tertius,” some of what Hodgman describes here is verging so close to the truth, but not quite there, that it doesn’t seem too hard to believe, and thus make real.
Hodgman seems an ambitious enough humorist, and while I didn’t care for this book so much, I’d be willing to give him another try in the future. This book has quite a few moments of pure genius, and some moments of not so funny, although pretty clever ideas. 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.
Jun 29, Michael rated it really liked it. There are very few books that make me laugh out loud. I blame much of this on my sense of humor – since I tend towards nonsense and bizarre humor, most books just leave me cold. And then came John Hodgman.
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He was freakin’ nohn. Part of his hilarity stemmed from his combination of entirely serious Pythonesque well, Chapman and Cleese-esque delivery, and part stemmed from the seemingly ra There are very few books that make me laugh out loud.
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. For instance, hobo studies. This book is just chock full of goodness. It’s like one of those Bathroom Reader books on drugs. Funny stuff for smart folks, or folks who want to seem smart when they bring up hobo studies at parties.
I remember reading the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I like Hodgman’s tone. Not really knowing who he was, I couldn’t tell if his snobbiness was serious.
But the text on the cover led me inside the book and soon it was clear: Hodgman was my kind of snob, and I fell in love. I read most of it at arfas 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 reading the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I like Hodgman’s tone.
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 Aras could read with impunity.
This is the best book of false information I have ever read, and contains some of the funniest tables and charts ever conceived. I have not seen all the comedic charts and tables created throughout human history, but I’m sure I’ve seen the best. Further, there are parts of the book that are both hilarious and poignant — the story of Ar, our 51st state, and the Woman Ninja Con come to mind. Hodgman might be goofing around, but the method of his goofing is excellent writing.
The audiobook edition is all johh 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. Hodgman reads his book exactly as it needs to be read, dry and deadpan, with the subtlest pedantic emphasis here and there when the need arises.
As vital a purchase as the book itself, and definitely louder. Oct 27, Ken rated it did not like it. His laid-back sxpertise, dry wit, droll deliverly areaa “”expert”” schtick are a perfect match for that show. However, I have to say that I can’t bring myself to read more than a few pages of hidgman Areas of My Godgman the areaz. The humor just doesn’t work for me jobn the printed page.
The random-ish juxtapositions come across as forced rather than funny. The repeated references to warewolves and hoboes seem less like Hodgman has a theme and more like he’s runn I love John Hodgman on The Daily Show.
The repeated references to warewolves and hoboes seem less like Hodgman has a theme and more like he’s running out of material. 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, and i can’t bring myself to read much of it.
Maybe I can find a copy of the audiobook; hearing Hodgman’s droll delivery, I think, might make all the difference. Mar 26, Michael P. Fertig rated it it was ok. I was really looking forward to reading this book. I was looking forward to the random humor I often enjoy, but found it to be more annoying than anything.
It was after the fact that I realized I approached it the wrong way. I thought everything in the book would sort of be connected somehow.
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But it’s really nothing more than a bathroom book. Pick it up when you feel like it, read a random passage about whatever, put it down, wash your hands, and carry on with your day.
May 26, Shauna rated it really liked it. Silly, funny, and not to be taken too seriously. 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: Nov 14, Hollowspine rated it really liked it. Of the many books of world knowledge I have read, The Areas of My Expertise was by far the most daring, truthful and also the only book of world knowledge that I have read. Many truths are unveiled, mysteries revealed and forgotten bits of knowledge brought once more into the light.
Some of the useful information, which I will no doubt be constantly referring, include, the phases of wolf-man transformation, hobo signs, and state mottos. I have heard that some believe this book to be a hoax, or s Of the many books of world knowledge I have read, The Areas of My Expertise was by far the most daring, truthful and also the only book of world knowledge that I have read.
I have heard that some believe this book to be a hoax, or some sort of humorous joke. These people, no doubt, are working for those who wish that true world knowledge remain secret. Hodgman himself, may give this impression, and I believe wrote the book to reveal to his hobo comrades that the time to overthrow the government has come once again. 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.