Recommended by Sean Nelson
Much as his look has undergone a radical transformation—from tweedy (popliny, if we’re being fussy), smooth-faced intellectual to medium-shaggy, facial-haired normal—John Hodgman’s writing has also recently emerged from a chrysalis. His new book, Vacationland, is a departure (YES, pun intended) from the ingenious, deceptive complexity of his fake trivia trilogy and an effort to move the complexity to the foreground, treating race and class in Trumpmerica while sustaining the wry, absurd sense of humor that has made him a beloved figure. PS: I hereby disclose that Hodgman and I are friends. But I further disclose that if the book weren’t good, some other sucker would have had to write this blurb.