Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

A hilarious and honest new book in which John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Vacationland, sets out to explore the strange work-land of being a somewhat famous person

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.

Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, Medallion Status is a hilarious, thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity--about the weird trauma that comes with success that feels unseemly to discuss (because who will sympathize with you?); about the addiction to status that sometimes (always) follows success; and about the way we all deal with those moments in both public and private life when we realize we don't quite have it anymore.

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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • John Pehle

    John Hodgman is a wonderful story teller and this book is another piece of evidence supporting that statement. I love the mild blend of snarky cynicism and self-doubt that is, without fail, built on a...

  • Didi Chanoch

    I think this may be Hodgman's best work to date. Funny, sad, wise, clever, and ultimately deeply moving. It is a collection of pieces that make up a greater whole, a tale of minor fame and what happen...

  • Shrey

    I'm giving this book 5 stars because getting external validation from a random person on the internet is even better than Medallion Status and it would make John Hodgman happy. Plus reading this book ...

  • Shelly Brander

    In my opinion, this is a slight step down from vacation land. However it still made me laugh until I cried at several points...

  • Ariel

    Didn't strike me quite the same way as Vacationland did, but these stories are still very good and a pleasure to read....

  • Kathleen Gray

    Think of this as a collection of anecdotes. Hodgman has a dry sense of humor which serves him well in some situations (his adventures such as they are in Hollywood) and less so in others. I read this ...