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John Hodgman is associated with all the trendiest intellectual-hipster gigs, such as McSweeney’s and This American Life. He even hosts one of his own, “The Little Gray Book Lectures,” a “series of readings, songs, demonstrations, discussions, and occasional overhead projections” in Brooklyn. Now he brings us his first book, The Areas of My Expertise, with the explanatory pre-title An Almanac of Complete World Knowledge Compiled With Instructive Annotation and Arranged in Useful Order by Me. It’s full of the McSweeney’s brand of silly-smart humor, with the added bonus of being composed completely of what Hodgman admits are “lies, made up by me.” As long as you’re not disappointed to realize you won’t be receiving, as promised, answers—at least not factual ones—“to all of the questions you have been asking,” and if you can wade through the self-indulgence of many of Hodgman’s jokes, chances are you’ll laugh out loud every now and then. Highlights include an entire section devoted to “What You Did Not Know About Hoboes,” complete with a list of 700 hobo names, and instructions on “How to Win a Fight,” including examples of Hodgman’s most successful attack ads—he claims to have launched about 500 this year, though we all know that’s a lie. Hodgman reads with David Rees, accompanied by a performance by Jonathan Coulter and Adam Mazmanian, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 at the Warehouse Theater & Cafe, 1021 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933.