That Is Allby John Hodgman
In 2005, Dutton published The Areas of My Expertise, a handy little book of Complete World Knowledge, marked by the/i>/b>/i>
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 and amazing true facts were completely made up by its author, John Hodgman. At the time, Hodgman was merely a former literary agent and occasional scribbler of fake trivia. In short: a nobody.
But during an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, an incredible transformation occurred. He became a famous minor television personality. You may ask: During his whirlwind tornado ride through the high ether of minor fame and outrageous fortune, did John Hodgman forget how to write books of fake trivia? The answer is: Yes. Briefly. But soon, he remembered!
And so he returned, crashing his Kansas farmhouse down upon the wicked witch of ignorance with More Information Than You Require, a New York Timesbestseller containing even more mesmerizing and essential fake trivia, including seven hundred mole-man names (and their occupations).
And now, John Hodgman completes his vision with That Is All, the last book in a trilogy of Complete World Knowledge. Like its predecessors, That Is All compiles incredibly handy made-up facts into brief articles, overlong lists, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes. It picks up exactly where More Information left off-specifically, at page 596-and finally completes COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, just in time for the return of Quetzalcoatl and the end of human history in 2012.
16 Hours, Read by Dick Cavett, Patton Oswalt, Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, Sarah Vowell, Brooke Shields, Scott Adsit, Robin Goldwasser, Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, Rachel Maddow, Wyatt Cenac, Stephen Fry, Paul F. Tompkins, Prominent Ragnarok Denier Dr. Elliott Kalan.
Music by Jonathan Coulton, John Roderick, John Flansburgh, John Darnielle, Cynthia Hopkins
- Penguin Publishing Group
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.78(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
John Hodgman lives in New York City, where he curates and hosts “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” a monthly colloquium of readings, songs, and dubious scholarship. He is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and a frequent voice on public radio’s This American Life. Further fiction, nonfiction, and genres in between have appeared in The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, One-Story, and The Believer. He has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as on the great stages of Chicago, Philadelphia, and London’s Barbican.
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This book is the third in the now complete compendium of world knowledge masterfully compiled by John Hodgman, rendering the internet OBSOLETE. Since I presume you've read the first two (The Areas of My Expertise, More Information Than You Require) you should already be in love with this book. The only part I had to struggle through was the 700 names of ancient and unlistable ones, but even that had some real gems in it (i.e. Jeeper Creeper, Devourer of Justin Long). My favorite thing might be the countdown to doomsday calendar at the top of every page which began to reveal its own story arc. I love these books. They're so crazy they defy classification. WERE YOU EVEN AWARE OF THEM?
Wouldn't download to my Nook Simple Touch. After trying several times, I find that it is a "PagePerfect NOOK Book", which is something I've never heard of. I assume that if I buy something in Nook format, it will work on my Nook product. Rip off.
Regardless of the inferior technology of some "E-Readers" this book remains a hysterical departure from the realm of sanity.
NOT FOR NOOK HD (no PagePerfect, i.e. graphically enhanced, books are). They don't tell you this when you purchase a NOOK HD - which is the updated version of the Nook Color. The newest reader gets fewer compatible books, and none with enhanced graphics! Nice.
Cannot view on my original Nook, nor my Macbook, nor my Galaxy...thanks for the explanation, warning or definition of page perfect...thinking of getting a Kindle