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 an...more
In THAT IS ALL, Hodgman pulls together the disparate, seemingly random threa...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
FACT: There are seven hundred of the Ancient and Unspeakable Ones who will return to Earth on June 3, 2012. They include The Century Toad, Oolong, the Pancake-Headed Rabbit King of Memes, and Cthulha, the Sensational She-Cthulhu.
FACT: Andrew Carnegie was able to create long, wood-paneled "wormhalls," which allowed him to travel great distances instantaneously. Some of these "Carnegie Halls" still exist...more
The following post is not a book review, really—I'm just jotting down a few thoughts. I believe t...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
On the other hand: NOW I KNOW EVERYTHING.
This book is no good for the beginning Hodgman reader. (It is no good for beginning readers in general, actually.) The book is a continuation of the previous two (The Areas Of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require), down to the page numbers and footnotes....more
His strange 19th-century way of using capital letters to emphasize points, his nerdy knowledge of magicians, science fiction, U.S. history, and pop culture in general, all contribute to the strangeness. Interspersed with his dispersal of fake...more
Notes which seemed eerily precise to me—at least up to a point. Until he overreached himself, that is. While I had no trouble believ...more
Fortunately for you, I have read the entire book (almost), and have formulated a survival plan for non-Chinese, non-Molemen, who are not close personal friends of Oprah Winfrey:
1) Hide in Washington Monument on April 3
2) Stow away as it launches into space the next day
3) Transfer to the modified Space Shuttle Endeavor after it docks on May 13.
4) Fly to Orbital White House
Print Review (January 2012): Written by a madman and self-proclaimed deranged millionaire That is All is filled with fake facts, trivia and advice for the coming of the e...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
Let’s start with the info facts on the top. This was “The End” and the theme of the book was the apocalypse that would occur on December 21 2012 (according the end of the Ma...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
For Hodgman fans, this will not disappoint. For non-Hodgman fans, this will likely confuse and disturb. For those who are on the fence, but looking for a strangely positive book about the end of the world, give it...more