Recognize this guy? His name is John Hodgman. You probably know him as PC from those ubiquitious Apple commercials that everyone loves to hate.
What some people ddon’t know about Mr. Hodgman is that he is also an author, podcaster, blogger and Daily Show contributor. His book, The Areas of My Expertise, is one of the funniest things I have come across in a while.
The book is an almanac, or rather a faux almanac, that collects all of Mr. Hodgman’s expertise in subjects he actually knows nothing at all about. Hodgman is authoritative and academic in the way that Stephen Colbert is unbiased and insightful. He isn’t. Topics include cryptozoology, cheese and an ongoing obsession with hobos. Oddly enough, one of the topics he covers in the text, the theory that squirrels are, in fact, furry lobsters, has been scientifically proven (sort of.)
Sound confusing? It isn’t. Just give it a read for yourself.
Or listen to this NPR interview.
Or, if you’re here in the Triangle, go see John Hodgman at The Regulator Bookshop on Friday, October 27th at 7pm.