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John Hodgman Wants Hobo Signs

By Widge - posted 09.13.06 @ 7:18 pm
John Hodgman

The man's name is John Hodgman. He has written a little tome that I'm sure you're aware of by now: The Areas of My Expertise. It is a full-on almanac of everything. If you haven't bought your copy yet, you're foolish. If you bought your copy in hardback, you're foolish also because the paperback has even more of everything in it. Consider him your living, breathing librarian at Alexandria, and the book is your library card. Enough. Buy it already.

However, there is more. One of Hodgman's many areas of expertise is hobo affairs. And no, I don't mean where Snuffly Pete is sneaking around behind the boxcar with Old Jane Knackenbush without Patch McPhlegm being any the wiser. I'm talking about their activities. Specifically, their symbols. He wants any evidence of hobo signs reported to this Flickr pool.

It's best not to ask for details. Some things we're simply not meant to know. Until the sequel to Areas comes out, naturally. Just do that thing.

And once you've done that, head to Quick Stop and check out this interview with him so you too can learn more.

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Widgett Walls is Need Coffee's Chief Cook and Bottle Washer. He is the author of the novel Mystics on the Road to Vanishing Point, and two collections of short stories, Magnificent Desolation and Something Else: The Complete First Season. He is also co-author of the children's book There's a Zombie in My Treehouse! All of those books are available in paperback or for the Kindle from Amazon. He is also the narrator and publisher of the first unabridged recording of Seneca's letters, available here. He is active on both Twitter and Facebook. (If you befriend him on Facebook, do say you came via Need Coffee.) He lives and works in Atlanta, Georgia. He hardly ever sleeps.

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A Lone Voice in the Wilderness

    A few years ago, I was doing some outdoor art. And I acquired some onfo on hobo signs. People I knew who were pains in the asses I would place a Hobo sign about on their property. My favorite is ths symbol this old lady will give you food.

    You should ask my friends about my secret samuri hobo army

    Comment by Rox of Spazhouse — September 13, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

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