Brooklin — Humorist John Hodgman isn’t from Maine, but he visits Maine, and that makes him enough of an expert to have written a book about the state.
Hodgman’s book Vacationland, about his misadventures in Maine during the brief summer months, has become a national sensation.
While it highlights many of the negatives about Maine: the frigid ocean and jagged beaches, he still finds it in his heart to love the state.
Hodgman was the “PC” in a series of famous Apple ads, a contributor to The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, author, and host of the popular podcast Judge John Hodgman. With all that time in the limelight, he appreciates the fact when he visits Maine, no one seems to care.
To his neighbors, he just looks like another “damn fool from away,” with a pointed Anton LaVey goatee and a salt-and-pepper mustache, curled at the ends like some turn of the century weightlifter. But there’s little in the way of physical fitness, according to neighbors.
“Looks like that fella’s never done a day of work in his life,” Terry Ayers said of the author.
“Friggin’ New York yuppy, you know the type,” Ayers said. Hodgman is actually from Western Massachusetts, something Ayers told us “might as well be Eastern New York.”
But in the crowded line at Red’s Eats, sipping ales at one of Maine’s thousands of microbreweries, or picking out seven-dollar carrots at a farmer’s market, Hodgman blends right in.
To those not in the know, he’s merely another of the many hipster-looking middle aged artist-types who flock to the coast of Maine each year so they can spend the remaining 10 months mentioning “our place in Maine” at every opportunity.