Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

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Andrew's Pick

Elizabeth Gilbert and I agree on four things - eat, pray, love, Hodgman!

Everyone I know who consumes Hodgman feels like they're a member of a secret club. Sort of like the Skull & Bones but without all the power and respect of the masses. You may remember John Hodgman from the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials. He was the nerdy PC. Perhaps you know him as "The Deranged Billionaire" from The Daily Show or perhaps he read and rejected your unsuccessful novel during his period as a literary agent. If you don't know him at all, then I'm jealous of you. I would like to discover John Hodgman for a second time. Medallion Status is your next big chance. You're welcome, that is all.


" An] affecting and hilarious meditation on fame and prestige as seen through the lens of an airline loyalty program." --The AV Club


A hilarious and honest new book in which John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Vacationland, leaves vacation behind and gets back to work as a still somewhat famous person . . . and then loses his job. An uproarious read.


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. This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, or at least until 2016.


In these pages, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Through these stories you will learn many things that only John Hodgman knows, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, or, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram. And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline.


Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, Medallion Status is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity--and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren't platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.

Product Details

Publisher: Viking
Published Date: October 15, 2019
Pages: 304
Dimensions: 5.7 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.93 pounds
ISBN: 9780525561101