From his vantage-point atop Mount Obsessive, Rees is able to see far and wide, and the picture he paints there is both true and very, very funny. ----Boing Boing
The book is powerfully funny … a stylistic high-wire act, and Rees never teeters. ----The New Yorker
Dear Reader is plunged into delicious confusion ... gloriously irreverent. -- --The New York Times Book Review
How to Sharpen Pencils has been shortlisted for The Bookseller's Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year. The judges said 'A long awaited manifesto to the fine art of sharpening one's pencil. An odd book, an odd title; but there's nothing odd about its inclusion on this year's shortlist. Irresistible. --The Bookseller
Dear Reader is plunged into delicious confusion ... gloriously irreverent. ----The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
first came to fame as the author of Get Your War On, a Bush-era comic strip composed from clip-art that he emailed to friends. It was eventually serialized by Rolling Stone magazine, collected into three successful books, and turned into an off-Broadway play. He is also the author of the workplace satire My New Filing Technique is Unstoppable. He lives in Beacon, New York. John Hodgman
(introduction) is the author of the bestsellers The Areas of My Expertise, and More Information Than You Require. He s also known for his appearances in Apple s Get a Mac advertising campaign, and for his correspondent work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.