John Hodgman Reveals the Perks of Being Sort of Famous
John Hodgman’s new memoir, Medallion Status, explores his unusual voyage thru the decrease echelons of the superstar international. Hodgman used to be an unknown creator of offbeat literary prose who changed into a minor superstar after Jon Stewart took a liking to him and made him a typical contributor on The Daily Show.
“I was never supposed to entertain anyone,” Hodgman says in Episode 385 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was supposed to be an author of obscure books of weird metafiction that happened to be a little bit funny.”
Hodgman’s different giant smash got here when he used to be forged as the stuffy, condescending PC in Apple’s fashionable “Get a Mac” advert marketing campaign.
“In 2007, 2008, 2009, during the Apple ads, I couldn’t walk into an Apple store,” Hodgman says. “The staff got really excited and started playing the ads on the TV. That was a very strange and surreal experience.”
But he says that for the maximum phase he by no means skilled any actual downsides to popularity. One factor he realized from larger stars like Paul Rudd is that it’s conceivable to be well-known and are living an ordinary lifestyles so long as you stay the correct point of view. “If you act as though—and if you truly don’t—care, if you’re cool, people will be cool to you,” he says. “And for those who in reality act as for those who don’t care, then other folks will put out of your mind all about you, after which you’re me.”
These days Hodgman has in large part returned to his occupation as a creator. He additionally plays comedy in small venues and dispenses doubtful recommendation by the use of his fashionable podcast Judge John Hodgman. He says that during some ways his present initiatives are extra rewarding than his TV paintings.
“Authors, even the most famous authors, and certainly podcasters and storytellers and comedians, who create their own work, and work and speak in these more intimate realms, share a very different, and I think ultimately more gratifying, relationship with their audience,” he says.
Listen to the entire interview with John Hodgman in Episode 385 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And take a look at some highlights from the dialogue beneath.
John Hodgman on George R. R. Martin:
“George R.R. Martin has develop into one of these cultural determine at this level that I nearly really feel like he doesn’t get the credit score he merits for being one of these magnificent inhabitor of other voices. And as a result of the books are so overtaken through the cultural phenomenon which is the TV display, it’s simple to put out of your mind or fail to remember that the books are instructed from hugely disparate issues of view, and each and every one of [the characters] looks like a fully complete and true human being, whether or not they’re highborn or lowborn, guy or lady or X. I imply, it’s simply an implausible paintings of literary artwork that totally defines its personal area, and in reality taught me so much about what I must be taking note of in myth and science fiction.”
John Hodgman on communicate presentations:
“There used to be a second of fashion in the ’60s and ’70s, even on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the place they’d usher in giant identify novelists to discuss the problems of the day, other folks like Gore Vidal or Norman Mailer, those giant, archetypal macho novelists of the social scene, and that has, to a point, light away … With late-night presentations, it’s now not simply that they don’t ebook novelists such a lot, it’s that they very infrequently ebook any person who isn’t hugely influential on some other platform, whether or not that be films or—more and more—social media, as a result of the dynamics and the economics of tv have modified. Television is simply seeking to keep on tv. It’s now not making the style, it’s following the style.”
John Hodgman on ebook publishing:
“In many ways it had no business calling itself a business. Book publishing had emerged in New York in the 20th century as a hobby industry for the black sheep sons and daughters of wealthy families. No one could enter book publishing and take an internship in book publishing unless they had family money backing them up. It was always a sort of romantic—and romantically money-losing—business, and it was so on purpose, because it was for people who didn’t want to believe that money was important but that ideas were important … And once books became less relevant, the people who were involved in the industry didn’t really care, and toasted its demise, because they were going to fall back on their fortunes anyway.”
John Hodgman on internet hosting the Nebula Awards:
“I made up our minds that I must learn as many of the nominated authors for highest novel that 12 months [as I could], and so I learn N. Ok. Jemisin‘s Broken Earth trilogy—the first two had pop out at that time. I learn Ancillary Justice after which the sequel through Ann Leckie. I learn Ken Liu. I imply, I learn those authors who completely are now not residing in the rut of quasi-medieval England sword-and-sorcery, however who had been nevertheless writing myth, in profoundly provocative techniques, drawing on many, many alternative cultural associations, breaking my mind with new societies that I needed to in reality pleasantly paintings my thoughts round in or to know and are living in … So for me the highest revel in of the Nebulas came about ahead of I even were given to the match in Chicago, as a result of I had opened my thoughts.”