City Arts & Lectures — John Hodgman, Part 1

American author and humorist John Hodgman has appeared as the resident expert on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," as PC on Apple’s "Get a Mac" TV ads, and was the headline speaker at the 2009 Radio and Television Correspondents dinner in Washington D.C. After graduating from Yale in 1994, he toiled in the trenches of the publishing industry. The experience led Hodgman to write an ironic advice column for McSweeney’s entitled, Ask a Former Literary Agent. In his first book, The Areas of My Expertise, Hodgman explores topics from the idiosyncrasies of famous detectives to colonial jobs involving eels. In his role on "The Daily Show," Hodgman has offered insight and commentary on art authentication, presidential candidate style, hurricane season and mixed martial arts. Hodgman’s latest book, More Information Than You Require, deals with more of the esoteric, charming and just plain eccentric topics that catch the author’s fancy. John Hodgman appeared in conversation with Merlin Mann on November 7, 2009.

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