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VacationLand : True Stories from Painful Beaches

Hosted by the Consul of the Berlin New in Town Group
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Wed 04 Jul 18:00 - 20:00

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Disclaimer : this event offers an overdose of natural antidepressants, which might be dangerous for serious people and those who have a dry sense of humour.


Greetings Berliners !

Probably you recognise his baby face from the famous ted talk : “Aliens, love — where are they “ : Protected content

Still doesn’t ring a bell ? well .. then maybe you remember him from what’s known as the longest marketing campaign in the history of TV - the battle of Apple against Microsoft in the TV ads series “hello I'm a mac and I'm a pc” : Protected content

John Hodgman is an American author, actor, and humorist. In addition to his published written works, such as ”The Areas of My Expertise”, “More Information Than You Require” and ”That Is All”, he is known for his comedy special “John Hodgman: Ragnarok”- aired on Netflix back in Protected content .

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches - is a collection of "real life wanderings" about Hodgman's life experiences (especially in Western Massachusetts and coastal Maine) and was published on October last year.

Through the book, you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.

Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.


One more time, .. this is a fun, social reading event for those of us who enjoy sarcasm and laughter, it is not suitable for wisdomous people under 99, men who have finally surpassed their midlife crisis and desperate housewives ;)

Please bring a bag of masuganuts or pistachio, and be prepared for a 2 hours journey of hard core sarcasm - yep .. and one last thing, don’t forget to read Vacationland, or listen to the audio book !

Vacationland on amazon : Protected content