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 ninja section was also funny in a haha kind of way.

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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 Trust me on this.

These little known espertise untrue facts are yours for the asking. Jul 04, Allisonperkel rated it it was ok Shelves: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Six Oaths of the Virtuous Child.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Technically, that is two questions, but do not apologize, for John Hodgman shall answer them both. If you This is by far one of the most random, bizarre, and yet still funny books I’ve ever read.

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American humour anyway johh British humour I am perfectly capable of sitting down and reading and laughing my ass off. About The Areas of My Myy 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.


Not really knowing who he was, I couldn’t tell if his snobbiness was serious. For instance, hobo studies.

I really wanted to like this book. I read most of it at work and probably should have been fired mh 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.

Nov 18, Clinton rated it liked it Shelves: Return of Civil War-era cyborgs that are powered by steam.

Simply making up things like the Hobo King and the Hobo war on America aren’t inherently funny. I do not know if Hodgman mistakenly wrote the sign due to weariness or due to my name, Sharky Sharp-Tooth Woodwittler, thought that I was one of his hobo generals. Silly, funny, and not to be taken too seriously. It’s in the audiobook section, misfiled under non-fiction. 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.

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Hodgman includes a photo of the newly discovered crustacean in the rear cover of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertisealong with the words, “Some readers have taken this as a worrisome portent that certain items in my book of lies may be coming true. Reference Librarians with a grudge. He made it all up. On the contrary, I can witness to the fact that The Expeetise of My Expertise is sustainedly, side-splittingly funny from beginning to end. I remember reading the cover of Areas of My Expertise when it was first released and being skeptical, unsure if I liked Hodgman’s tone.


Wouldn’t Read It Like a Novel. Jan 26, Andrew rated it it was ok Shelves: Hodgman claims that “Truth may be stranger than fiction, goes the old saw, but it is never as strange as lies.

Part expdrtise his hilarity stemmed from his combination of entirely sreas Pythonesque well, Chapman and Cleese-esque delivery, and part stemmed from the seemingly random topics of his research. I think I gave it a good honest effort by reading the first 70 pages, but it was just too random and weird to keep going. The Hoboes Project refers to an internet meme that originated with a recording of Hodgman’s recitation of the hobo names from The Areas of My Expertise.

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It’s like one of those Bathroom Reader books on drugs. In the great tradition of the American almanac, The Areas fo My Expertise is a brilliant and hilarious compendium of handy reference tables, fascinating trivia, and sage wisdom on all topics large and small. This line takes place in the last section on the states and talks about how Idaho and Oregon tried to form a super state – Or-Ida.

The moments of amusement caused me to jlhn a quick, surprised giggle and then I was quickly over it.