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Is there really such a thing as too much information? Not in this case. Hodgman's follow-up to The Areas of My Expertise is packed with even more lists, charts, and made-up facts that are so brilliant and hilarious you'll wish they were true!
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The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise — also known as The Daily Show's "Resident Expert" and the PC in the iconic Mac ads — picks up exactly where his first book left off. Exactly.

Like its predecessor, More Information Than You Require compiles incredibly handy made up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

  • THE PAST (because there is always more)
  • THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left to discuss)
  • THE METHOD BY WHICH WE "ELECT" OUR PRESIDENTS (as this will be happening soon)
  • THE STRANGE OKAPI (an actual animal)
  • GAMBLING: THE SPORT OF THE ASTHMATIC MAN (includes hermit crab racing)
  • HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (hint: go on television)
  • PLUS: 700 MOLE-MAN NAMES (and their occupations)

Yes. Hodgman may have been briefly absent from your life, but with this volume he is ready to pick up exactly where The Areas of My Expertise left off — specifically, at page 237.

Review:

"Hodgman is funny, clever, and has the face of a giant baby." Ricky Gervais

Review:

"I love this book so much I nearly read it!" Justin Long

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise, who is also the Resident Expert on The Daily Show, compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes.

Synopsis:

Adapted CDs ? 9 CDs, 11 hours

The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Mac ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off.

Synopsis:

The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club)

In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

THE PAST (because there is always more of it)

THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left)

MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names)

GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE

ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing)

CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada)

HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television)

AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more

MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility.

PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW.

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About the Author

John Hodgman is a writer and former literary agent, and the author of the bestseller The Areas of My Expertise. He is a regular on The Daily Show, and the PC in Mac's TV Ads.

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lesismore9o9, October 14, 2008 (view all comments by lesismore9o9)
If you only know John Hodgman as the perennially outclassed PC of Apple’s “Mac vs. PC” ads, you are missing so much of who he is. If your knowledge extends to his recurring role as resident expert of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” you’re still only scratching the surface. And if you’ve gotten to his 2005 faux almanac “The Areas of My Expertise,” you know he captures the title of the most oddly brilliant writer in literature today.

And if you haven’t gotten to his new book “More Information Than You Require,” shame on you. Once again, Hodgman has written a book filled with made-up facts on subjects ranging from gambling to presidential elections to how he plans to spend his enormous wealth. The book is a direct sequel to “The Areas of My Expertise” in every way: it begins exactly where that book left off (page 237), has the same format of lists/predictions/hoboes and is once again a book you can’t read in public because everyone stares at you for laughing so hard.

The closest equivalents to Hodgman’s fiction-masquerading-as-truth style are The Daily Show’s “America: The Book” and Stephen Colbert’s “I Am America (And So Can You!),” but his books avoid being limited to one area of study. His topics oscillate between counting how many United States presidents have had hooks for hands (eight), the best way to cook an owl (goat sacrifice is involved) and racing hermit crabs for money (the winning strategy is to use trained falcons against the competition).

In the hands of a lesser author these facts would fall apart into babble, but Hodgman – a Yale graduate and professional literary agent – has a rare gift for holding it all together. He admits at the beginning that every single fact in the book is one he made up himself, and then goes on to state each one in a matter-of-fact tone, even supplementing them with footnotes that call back to facts even more patently absurd.

The footnotes help hold his structure together, as does the addition of a “Today in History” feature where every page has an additional fact about what happened during that day. These facts are more random than the rest of the book, though it does contain an interesting narrative on raining teeth and dead frogs on two major American cities back in 1981.

The overlay of multiple facts in “More Information” also means that it has endless potential for re-reading, as – for example – you’ve likely been so caught up in learning that you cannot eat oysters in months that lack the letter “R” (their screaming months) you missed the note that Amelia Earhart and Quetzalcoatl sit on the blood thrones and will soon judge us all.

Special mention goes to Hodgman’s section on the mysterious world of the mole-men, a follow-up to his previous anthropological study of hoboes (and the 700 accompanying hobo names that inspired the illustrations of e-hobo.com). It’s the most cohesive of the sections, building a narrative that reveals how the mole-men not only collaborated with Thomas Jefferson to write the Declaration of Independence, but they also access the surface world through Paris catacombs, ride a variety of hideous steeds such as dirt pumas and really like doing it “molely-style.”

And of course, the book contains 700 mole-man names sure to inspire another illustrative website. I eagerly await seeing artistic renditions of names such as Drew Danglemites, Tremont Crawsalong and Nick Nolte.

It’s prudent to start with “Expertise” (particularly to follow footnotes referring back to the first book) but doing so isn’t essential to enjoying “More Information.” In fact, nothing is essential to enjoying the book beyond simply opening it. It’s as Hodgman has been writing down all the random late-night conversations you’ve ever had thanks to drugs or boredom or sleep deprivation, and compiled them into one whole text – except he’s been far cleverer with it than you could ever hope to be.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780525950349
Author:
Hodgman, John
Publisher:
Dutton Adult
Subject:
Form - Parodies
Subject:
Parodies
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
American - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
November 2008
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.47x5.91x1.21 in. 1.07 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 368 pages Dutton Books - English 9780525950349 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Is there really such a thing as too much information? Not in this case. Hodgman's follow-up to The Areas of My Expertise is packed with even more lists, charts, and made-up facts that are so brilliant and hilarious you'll wish they were true!

"Review" by , "Hodgman is funny, clever, and has the face of a giant baby."
"Review" by , "I love this book so much I nearly read it!"
"Synopsis" by , The bestselling author of The Areas of My Expertise, who is also the Resident Expert on The Daily Show, compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes.
"Synopsis" by ,
Adapted CDs ? 9 CDs, 11 hours

The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Mac ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off.

"Synopsis" by ,
The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club)

In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as:

THE PAST (because there is always more of it)

THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left)

MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names)

GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE

ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing)

CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada)

HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television)

AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more

MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility.

PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW.

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