The Areas of My Expertise
By John Hodgman
Publisher: Berkeley Pub Group
Publish Date: 2006-09-05
Edition: Now out in paperback
Price: $11.20 @ Amazon.com
UW Library? Can be obtained through Summit at two libraries; unfortunately, not the UW.
First Line: "My name is John Hodgman. I am not using a pseudonym."
This is an extraordinarily bizarre and extremely funny compendium of totally useless and-- as the author himself proudly admits--entirely apocryphal facts. Readers will gain new insight into such edifying topics as "On Actuaries and Their Tattoos"; learn about the secret, skull-lined tunnel connecting Pottery Barn and theme park Camp Snoopy in the Mall of America; and discover that, according to a helpful table of "Omens and Portents for the Coming Year," if "Someone speaking in an obviously affected accent" and "An owl that screeches with the voice of a man" are both heard, than it signifies that soon "All homes will be connected b y pneumatic tubes filled with mice." --From TextBookX.com
Selected Reviews: "Somehow, THE AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE doesn't come across as silly. The entries, plainly false, are unnervingly plausible." --Newsweek
Read this over the summerómade me laugh out loud. --The Editor