Questions for John Hodgman from New York Times Readers
The New York Times' City Room blog invited readers to ask John Hodgman questions about "life as an author, famous minor television personality and a man who wears glasses in New York," particularly "in the areas of his expertise (for example, Brooklyn inventions, the names of mole-men and how to cook an owl, among other topics)." The questions make for great reading — we can't wait for the answers — here's a few:
- I live in Brooklyn, wear glasses and am a native of Brookline, Mass. Given the complexity of my situation, what advice can you give me about preparing owls for vegetarians?
- Do New Yorkers really eat the fingers of Southern ladies on certain holidays?
- Last summer, I was in Tea Lounge doing the work from home thing, and you came in with a couple of children that I assumed to be yours. You looked very tired. A few months later, I saw Morgan Spurlock at the same Tea Lounge. Does Tea Lounge have a special discount for minor celebrities?
- Where do you go in new york to get harpoons oiled, sharpened, and reclothed? I tried the yellowed pages but they were predictably unresponsive.
- Can you recommend a good restaurant where I can bring my vegetarian owl for dinner the next time we’re in Brooklyn?
- Upon recent research to locate a suitable tilapia recipe online , we were presented with the dish “blackened tilapia with secret hobo spices”. What is a hobo spice, and where may one acquire such delicacy?
- I live in Queens, New York; that is north of Brooklyn and divided by a border with no wall as of yet; and I would like to know if it is possible, and within the law, to cook an owl up here. In the winter it gets very cold, being closer to Canada and all, and I think an owl would be a warm meal and a wonderful culinary experience. Thanks.
- How can I make New York a better place to live?
I don’t have a lot of time or resources so please keep that in mind.