Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Everything Explained

Doogie Horner's Everything Explained through Flowcharts is the sort of informational humor that appeals to me [1].  I'd recommend it to others who have enjoyed John Hodgman's The Areas of My Expertise and More Information than You Require [2].  If you haven't read those Hodgman books, I'm sure you know him from elsewhere, like his occasional segment on The Daily Show or his fantastic newish podcast, Judge John Hodgman [3]. He's the sort of pushy comedian who insinuates himself in a review of a book by a different comedian. Enough about him.

Doogie Horner is also a comedian, whose stand-up reached the country when he was on America's Got Talent [4].  He's published articles and jokes, and is a top notch graphic designer--in addition to his charts and diagrams in Everything Explained, he did the cover for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I didn't even like that book, but the cover got me to pick it up and give it a try.  Way to go, Doogie!

Everything Explained provides all sorts of information in flowcharts, as well as other charts, like the one comparing characteristics of film action heroes and film horror villains.  The flowcharts compare afterlives of different religions, end of the world scenarios, extraterrestrial reproductive encounters, and more. 

Each chart is humorously introduced with a couple pages of text, occasionally outdoing the proceeding charts in laugh generation.  I encourage fans of humor writing to give this book more that the brief, initial perusal you'd be inclined to give it.  It's worth a cover to cover read.

Figure A: Links
1. Check out Everything Explained through Flowcharts from the library

2. If Everything Explained isn't available, why not check out those John Hodgman books I mentioned?
   The Areas of My Expertise
   More Information than You Require

3. If you've never experienced John Hodgman, you're missing out

4. Doogie Horner's webiste includes links to his writing and stand-up videos.

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