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Original Essays | September 15, 2014 2 comments
There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
John HodgmanDescribe your latest project.
Good evening. My name is John Hodgman. I am the author of The Areas of My Expertise.
My book is compendium of fascinating trivia and historical oddities in the tradition of The Book of Lists, though different in that all of the amazing true facts in my book are entirely made up by me.
If you are curious, the areas of my expertise include hobos, monsters, haircuts, utopia, the nicknames and mottoes of our fifty-one United States, and most other subjects.
When I am not writing fake trivia, I write actual journalism as a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, where I also help to edit the new section called "The Funny Pages."
Sometimes I also host a lecture series in NYC called The Little Gray Book Lectures.
I am self-employed.
If someone were to write your biography, what would be the title and
What fictional character would you like to date, and why?
If you could choose any story to live in, what story would that be?
Introduce one other author you think people should read, and suggest
a good place to start.
It and its two sequels [After You with the Pistol and Something Nasty in the Woodshed] were recently re-published by the Overlook Press, and it has everything I like in a book: it's a forgotten literary artifact that lives within two lowbrow, overlooked genres (crime and humor). Of course, it's in the dark soil of the lowbrow, overlooked genres where literature usually grows most interestingly and unexpectedly. It's hilarious throughout, and ridiculous, and by the end quite surprisingly tragic and moving.
I wouldn't want to date Charlie Mortdecai, but I was very, very happy to live in his head for all these pages.
Writers are better liars than other people: true or false? Why, or
What is your favorite literary first line?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands and why did
you read it?
What makes your favorite pair of shoes better than the rest?
What is your astrological sign? If you don't like what you were born
with, what sign would you change to and why?
Describe the best breakfast of your life.
Why do you write?
Dogs, cats, budgies, or turtles?
In the For-All-Eternity category, what will be your final thought?