Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

After spending most of his twenties pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor, serving as the show's "Resident Expert" and "Deranged Millionaire." This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera.

In these pages, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he has enjoyed--not only the surreal excitement of it, but also the drudgery of it, the emptiness of the status it conveys, and the hard moments of losing that status.

Through these stories you will learn many things, such as what it's like to be invited to become an honorary member of an Ivy League secret society, only to be hazed and humiliated by the dapper young members of that club. Or how it feels when your TV gig is cancelled and you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your children feel so sad and abandoned at least left you with a prize: Platinum Medallion Status with your airline.

Title:Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525561101
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  • Chad

    If you're a fan of John Hodgman's humor, this is the book for you. John was a longtime correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the PC in those famous Mac vs. PC ads from around 10 years ...

  • Jamie Berger

    I want to give this 4.5 because Vacationland (JH's previous book) is a 6 and only five stars are available. But reviews are important and this deserves more than four. But if you haven't read Vacation...

  • Danger

    While clearly a comedy book (and a very funny one at that, if you're familiar with John Hodgman's work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, amongst other places, you'll have an idea of the tone of th...

  • Sarah

    3.5 stars. Some of the essays in here were great, some were less compelling, but overall I just really love listening to John Hodgman. Definitely recommend the audio version for this one, I think it a...

  • Mark Wheaton

    It would probably be a fun Amazon review of John Hodgman’s well-observed and entertaining as all hell, “Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms” to list out only the many ways the autho...

  • Angus McKeogh

    Started off as just some personal life stories that weren’t all that entertaining nor were they all that funny. I smiled with mirth a few times through the first half of it. The book was heading for...

  • Nerdette Podcast

    Hodgman managed to write a book all about status and prestige and make it charming as hell. This is so full of humor and heart. ...

  • Elliott Frank

    I am a sucker for John Hodgman's memoirs. His dry, forever-a-fish-out-of-water humor once again had me in stitches and there is an earnestness to his writing that pulls at my heartstrings in just the ...

  • Conor Ahern

    John Hodgman, the king of holding forth, does it again. By "does it again," I mean both that this is funny, thoughtful, and human, though also nothing new if you've read his other books, particularly ...

  • Kevidently

    I’ve owned John Hodgman’s previous book, Vacationland, for over a year. I have this habit when I travel of buying a book about that area while I’m in that area. I was in Maine and I already had ...