So, chances are that many of you might easily recognize the face, but not necessarily know the name. John Hodgman — book author, McSweeney’s scribe, NPR commentator, Daily Show Resident Expert, and What Book Got You Hooked? contributor – also just happens to be “that guy on the Mac commercials.” You know… the charmingly bespectacled, slightly nerdy one.
But what you, dear readers, may also not know about “La Hodge” (note: you read that here first) is that the man has A Following. A big one. Call it “Hodgmania,” if you will. And nowhere was that more in evidence than last night at the reading and signing of his latest literary offering, More Information Than You Require (Dutton Adult), at Politics and Prose bookstore here in the district.
Let’s just say there were people. Lots and lots of people. More people than an author signing requires. There was, of course, the expected Mac-worshipping, NPR-loving, McSweeney’s-reading types in attendance. But I would venture to say that there might have been a few PC users who braved the crowd as well. Especially the guy who came up to the microphone and posed the question: “Do you think we look alike?” (The answer was yes, so La Hodge #2 came up to the podium and took a photo with his doppelganger, to the crowd’s amusement.)