That is All (COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE #3)
John Hodgman-bestselling author, The Daily Show's "Resident Expert", minor television celebrity, and deranged millionaire-brings us the third and final installment in his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge.
In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the distinction that all of the fascinating trivia a...more
In THAT IS ALL, Hodgman pulls together the disparate, seemingly random threa...more
The following post is not a book review, really—I'm just jotting down a few thoughts. I believe t...more
That's the thing that I really love about Hodgman's work. I come for the humor but I stay for the secret chocolatey center of sincerity. I saw him on stage last night (which is what reminded me I hadn...more
The beauty of this book is how utterly chaotic it is - chapters are established, then fall into deviations and digressions, until you're not quite sure how you got ont...more
Hodgman's debt to post-apocalyptic literature generally (and Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," which he calls out in the book and has mentioned in interv...more
Fake trivia and the delusional voice of a madman is, I imagine, very difficult to make funny, but he did it. It caters to a(n almost) niche group, though, of people who can understand the references to Val Kilmer, Nick Nolte, and Edward James Olmos, as well as...more
I almost didn't like it as much with "More Information...", because my gut reaction was, "it's not as funny," but THAT IS ALL brings so much more ambition and actual emotion that I am just as impressed, if not more so. Almost shocked with how g...more
I read this book a while ago. I can't believe I didn't review it. I'm so lazy sometimes... this book gets maximum stars. I just don't read bad books, people.
Although, what was that book? Eckhart Tolle, The New Earth? That book was bad. Full of new age bulls...more