The prodigal nerd and "PC" portrayer returns with
another compendium of droll fake facts.
ever there was a book that might be review-proof, it’s John Hodgman’s
“More Information Than You Require.” There’s nothing to quibble about --
everything in this is intricately imaginative and well-executed. Really,
as Hodgman often alludes to in this and his previous book (see 9/13/06
review), when you crack the cover of his work, it’s like joining an
exclusive club, just as Hodgman drolly considers himself a lofty member
of the club of celebrities.
So if you’re up for it, “More Information,” in my best estimate, offers
3.2 cackles per page -- all from very literate humor that depends on the
reader’s knowledge of real facts and history as a basis for the
outlandishness of what Hodgman presents as facts.
It’s also the perfect book for those with ADD -- who knows if that was
Hodgman’s intent -- but the design placing smaller “page-a-day” style
factoids in the corner of each page, along with mostly short chapters
and sub-chapters, liberally interrupted with sidebar boxes, gives the
restless eye plenty to take in.
There’s even a sequel within this sequel. Where Hodgman’s last book
featured “700 Hobo Names,” here he regales us with “700 Mole-Men Names”
and a dissertation on mole-men culture -- exploring whether mole-men are
indeed the “new” hoboes.
All this and a even a little peek into Hodgman’s ponytailed past as a
youth. But you’ll have to find that one for yourself.
John Hodgman will bring “Hodgmania” to New York on Tuesday, October 21
at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square, and on November 21 to the Apple
Store in Soho; with several book tour stops in various cities in between
those dates, including Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago
and the West Coast.