John Hodgman | James B. Hunt Jr. Library | Page: Readings & Signings | Indy Week
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John Hodgman 

When: Mon., Oct. 30, 7 p.m. 2017

On Sundays, the surpassingly droll writer and actor John Hodgman holds court on The New York Times Magazine's ethics page, presiding exclusively over matters of the "Might a coffee cake be defined as a pie?" variety. Hodgman somehow manages to imbue the conceits with dignity through the conviction of his responses; even when calling readers out, he always takes their demonstrably inconsequential conundrums seriously and seems to genuinely care. That underlying humanity is on full display in his book Vacationland. Describing treks over three distinct landscapes from different periods of his life, including the "dark forest of middle age," Hodgman employs the dry, not quite deadpan, self-deprecating but not insecure voice that is his signature. Ruminating on the mundane, occasionally soul-sapping demands of adulthood is darker territory than the absurdism that marked earlier works like the best-selling The Areas of My Expertise, but the acuity of Hodgman's observations makes the prospect of his serious contemplations look like an enticing prospect. Purchase of the book from Quail Ridge Books, the event's presenter at Hunt Library, earns you two admissions to the signing line. —David Klein

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