Ask John Hodgman Anything: Thoughts On Eastwood’s Speech?

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 10 2012 @ 12:00pm

You probably recognize Hodgman from his appearances on The Daily Show and those ubiquitous Apple ads, but be sure to check out his book, That Is All, an audio and paperback version of which are being released October 2. Excerpts here:

That is All is predicated on the premise (ahem, CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE) that, starting quite soon, we will enter a pre-apocalyptic period leading up to the end of the world…. [The book] is basically tons of jokes, some of which are already somewhat dated (by 2015, how many people will know what Four Loko was?) and many of which will lead to some heavy Googling (for example, to learn more about George Plimpton or leetspeak or The Singularity). The writing is refreshingly bite-sized, such that you can literally open the book to any page, read something, have a chuckle, and move on. Also, like the previous volume, each page includes a page-a-day calendar at the top — except this one predicts the future, through the end of the world (it’s called TODAY IN RAGNAROK). You have roughly a year left; you might as well enjoy it, one page at a time.

John also wrote The Areas Of My Expertise and More Information Than You Require, collected in The Complete World Knowledge box set. Check out his podcast here. “Ask Anything” archive here.