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Jonathan's role has been [http://www.thebrooklynrail.org/arts/winter03/howtospeak.html described] in this way:  "The loyal audience, which Hodgman has built, anticipates the closure Coulton’s songs often bring. They have the uncanny effect of wrapping-up and summarizing the night’s theme in well-crafted song. Hodgman believes, 'it is unconscionable that no one has found a way to make one million dollars off his talents yet.'"
 
Jonathan's role has been [http://www.thebrooklynrail.org/arts/winter03/howtospeak.html described] in this way:  "The loyal audience, which Hodgman has built, anticipates the closure Coulton’s songs often bring. They have the uncanny effect of wrapping-up and summarizing the night’s theme in well-crafted song. Hodgman believes, 'it is unconscionable that no one has found a way to make one million dollars off his talents yet.'"
  
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The only nearly-complete recording of a Little Gray Book lecture currently available on the internet is the one made of Lecture 29, on the topic of radio. <ref>http://transom.org/shows/2005/200503.lgb.html</ref>  The lecture took place in Philadelphia, in order to take advantage of radio-quality sound recording at the Indre Studio. <ref>http://transom.org/shows/2005/200503.lgb_production.html</ref>  However, recordings from a total of seven of the lectures were at repackaged and released as [http://www.littlegraybooks.com/hear.html podcasts]. These podcasts were compiled by Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman and bookmarked with inventive fictional settings and events as described by the two of them. Each podcast reprised readings, songs, or amusing happenings from one specific past lecture.
  
only nearly-complete recording of a Little Gray Book lecture currently available on the internet is the one made of Lecture 29, on the topic of radio. <ref<ref>://transom.org/shows/2005/200503.lgb.html</re</ref>e lecture took place in Philadelphia, in order to take advantage of radio-quality sound recording at the Indre Studio. <ref<ref>://transom.org/shows/2005/200503.lgb_production.html</re</ref>wever, recordings from a total of seven of the lectures were at repackaged and released as [htt[://www.littlegraybooks.com/hear.html podcasts]. These podcasts were compiled by Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman and bookmarked with inventive fictional settings and events as described by the two of them. Each podcast reprised readings, songs, or amusing happenings from one specific past lecture.  
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Several of Jonathan's songs were written for the lectures or the podcasts, including [[Skullcrusher Mountain]], [[The Future Soon]], [[The Presidents]], and [[Brookline (demo) | Brookline]], the last of which was prompted by the lecture about Hodgman's hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts.
  
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The lectures were:
  
ral of Jonathan's songs were written for the lectures or the podcasts, including [[Sk[[lcrusher Mountain]], ]]Th[[Future Soon]], ]]Th[[Presidents]], ]]d [[Br[[kline (demo) | Brookline]], ]]e last of which was prompted by the lecture about Hodgman's hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts.
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'Date'''
 
 
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| 1
1
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| How to Begin an Important Project <ref>http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/events/mar7galapagos.html</ref>
| H
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| none
w to Begin an Important Project <ref<ref>://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/events/mar7galapagos.html</re</ref>
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 2
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| Hints on Public Singing
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| [[I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry]], [[Rainbow Connection]]
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| Tuesday, May 8, 2001
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|-
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| 3
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| How to Spell Several Common Words
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
 
2
 
| H
 
nts on Public Singing
 
| [
 
I'[[So Lonesome I Could Cry]], ]]Ra[[bow Connection]]
 
|]]
 
esday, May 8, 2001
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 4
3
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| How Can We Possibly Go On? (post- 9/11)
| H
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| none
w to Spell Several Common Words
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 5
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| How to Win a Fight
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 6
4
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| How to Choose (or Make) the Perfect Gift
| H
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| none
w Can We Possibly Go On? (post- 9/11)
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 7
 +
| Secrets of Self-Improvement
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 8
5
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| How to Throw a Curveball
| H
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| none
w to Win a Fight
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 9
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| Mystery Cults of North America
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| [[I'm a Mason Now]]
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 10
6
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| How and When to Tell a Lie
| H
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| none
w to Choose (or Make) the Perfect Gift
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 11
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| Europe vs. America
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| [[Over There]]
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 12
7
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| Great Rivalries in American Spelling
| S
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| none
crets of Self-Improvement
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 13
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| How to Seek Your Fortune
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 14
8
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| How to Speak with Strangers
| H
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| [[Don't Talk to Strangers]]
w to Throw a Curveball
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 15
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| How to ReDistribute Wealth and Joy
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
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|-
 
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| 16
9
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| How to Pour the Perfect Werthmann <ref>http://web.archive.org/web/20030213210618/http://www.littlegraybooks.com/</ref>
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| [[Mandelbrot Set]]
stery Cults of North America
 
| [
 
I'[[a Mason Now]]
 
|]]
 
 
 
 
 
1
 
 
 
| H
 
w and When to Tell a Lie
 
| n
 
ne
 
 
|
 
|
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|-
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| 17
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| How to Generate a Winning Character
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| none
 
|
 
|
 
 
1
 
 
| E
 
rope vs. America
 
| [
 
Ov[[ There]]
 
|]]
 
 
 
1
 
 
| G
 
eat Rivalries in American Spelling
 
| n
 
ne
 
|
 
|
 
 
 
1
 
 
| H
 
w to Seek Your Fortune
 
| n
 
ne
 
|
 
|
 
 
 
1
 
 
| H
 
w to Speak with Strangers
 
| [
 
Do[[t Talk to Strangers]]
 
|]]
 
 
 
1
 
 
| H
 
w to ReDistribute Wealth and Joy
 
| n
 
ne
 
| W
 
dnesday, December 4, 2002
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 18
1
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| What Will Happen in the Future? ([http://brettmartin.org/audio/Brett-Spleen.mp3 Full mp3])
 
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| [[The Future Soon]]
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| Wednesday, April 2, 2003
w to Pour the Perfect Werthmann <ref<ref>://web.archive.org/web/20030213210618/http://www.littlegraybooks.com/</re</ref>
 
Ma[[elbrot Set]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, February 5, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 19
1
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| Exiles of Chicago
 
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| none
| H
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w to Generate a Winning Character
 
| n
 
ne
 
| W
 
dnesday March 5, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 20
1
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| How to Negotiate All Kinds of Deals and Contracts
 
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| [[Screwed (demo)]]
| W
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|
at Will Happen in the Future? ([htt[://brettmartin.org/audio/Brett-Spleen.mp3 Full mp3])
 
| [
 
Th[[Future Soon]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, April 2, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 21
1
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| How to Measure Misunderstood Genius
 
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|[[Skullcrusher Mountain]]
| E
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|
iles of Chicago
 
| n
 
ne
 
| W
 
dnesday, May 7, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 22
2
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| How to Gamble and Win ([http://brettmartin.org/audio/Brett-Gambling.mp3 Full mp3])
 
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| [[Gambler's Prayer (demo)]]
| H
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|
w to Negotiate All Kinds of Deals and Contracts
 
| [
 
Sc[[wed (demo)]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, June 4, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 23
2
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| Brookline: the Town that Has Everything Yet at the Same Time Has Nothing <ref>http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1541/</ref>
 
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| [[Brookline (demo)]]
| H
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| Wednesday, November 5, 2003
w to Measure Misunderstood Genius
 
|[[
 
k[[lcrusher Mountain]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, September 3, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 24
2
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| Strange Gifts from Far-Off Lands <ref>http://www.improvresourcecenter.com/mb/archive/index.php/t-20504.html</ref>
 
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| none
| H
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| Wednesday, December 3, 2003
w to Gamble and Win ([htt[://brettmartin.org/audio/Brett-Gambling.mp3 Full mp3])
 
| [
 
Ga[[ler's Prayer (demo)]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, October 1, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 25
2
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| The Animals: Are They Our Enemies?
 
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| [[I Crush Everything]]
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| Wednesday, March 3, 2004
ookline: the Town that Has Everything Yet at the Same Time Has Nothing <ref<ref>://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1541/</re</ref>
 
Br[[kline (demo)]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, November 5, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 26
2
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| Secrets of the Secret Agents
 
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| none
| S
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| Wednesday, April 7, 2004
range Gifts from Far-Off Lands <ref<ref>://www.improvresourcecenter.com/mb/archive/index.php/t-20504.html</re</ref>
 
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| W
 
dnesday, December 3, 2003
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 27
2
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| How to Lead a Double Life (or Death)
 
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| [[Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance (demo)]]
| T
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| Wednesday, June 2, 2004
e Animals: Are They Our Enemies?
 
| [
 
I [[ush Everything]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, March 3, 2004
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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2
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| (Title currently unknown)
 
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| none
| S
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|
crets of the Secret Agents
 
| n
 
ne
 
| W
 
dnesday, April 7, 2004
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 29
2
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| How to Communicate Without the Aid of Wires
 
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| [[Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft]], [[Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance]] (new lyrics), [[Sweet Information]]
| H
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| Saturday, October 9, 2004
w to Lead a Double Life (or Death)
 
| [
 
Da[[e, Soterios Johnson, Dance (demo)]]
 
|]]
 
dnesday, June 2, 2004
 
|-
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
| (
 
itle currently unknown)
 
| n
 
ne
 
|
 
|
 
 
 
 
 
2
 
 
 
| H
 
w to Communicate Without the Aid of Wires
 
| [
 
Ca[[ing Occupants of Interplanetary Craft]], ]]Da[[e, Soterios Johnson, Dance]] (]]w lyrics), [[Sw[[t Information]]
 
|]]
 
turday, October 9, 2004
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 30
3
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| How to Observe President's Day, Observed
 
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| [[The Presidents]]
| H
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| Thursday, February 24, 2005
w to Observe President's Day, Observed
 
| [
 
Th[[Presidents]]
 
|]]
 
ursday, February 24, 2005
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 31
3
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| [http://www.blottered.com/2005/06/blog-and-order-svu-more.html How to Commit the Perfect Crime]
 
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| [[One More Score]]
| [
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| Thursday, June 16, 2005
tt[://www.blottered.com/2005/06/blog-and-order-svu-more.html How to Commit the Perfect Crime]
 
| [
 
On[[More Score]]
 
|]]
 
ursday, June 16, 2005
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
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| 32
3
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| How to Prepare Manuscripts for Publication <ref>http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/media_people/baby_got_little_gray_book_27292.asp</ref>
 
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| [[Baby Got Back]], [[Big Rock Candy Mountain]]  
| H
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| Wednesday, October 19, 2005
w to Prepare Manuscripts for Publication <ref<ref>://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/media_people/baby_got_little_gray_book_27292.asp</re</ref>
 
Ba[[ Got Back]], ]]Bi[[Rock Candy Mountain]]  
 
]]W
 
dnesday, October 19, 2005
 
 
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Lecture #33 is listed as "How to Rest Quietly".  It is technically not a lecture, but the title of the hiatus announcement found currently on the Little Gray Book Lectures website.
 
 
 
 
ure #33 is listed as "How to Rest Quietly".  It is technically not a lecture, but the title of the hiatus announcement found currently on the Little Gray Book Lectures website.
 
 
 
 
 
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rdings are available for many of Jonathan's LGB performances.  These are compiled and available for download [htt[://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=03c5974248b8c96cab1eab3e9fa335ca24d8885bdaed9e49 here.]
 
  
  
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==MP3's==
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Recordings are available for many of Jonathan's LGB performances.  These are compiled and available for download [http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=03c5974248b8c96cab1eab3e9fa335ca24d8885bdaed9e49 here.]
  
  
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Revision as of 15:27, 9 December 2008

The "Little Gray Books" lectures were a series of lectures, hosted by John Hodgman, from 2001 to 2006. They represented Hodgman's attempt to create a "radio program on stage", and were named in honor of the 1920s collection of pamphlets Little Blue Books, one of which John's mother gave him when he became a literary agent (#1143, "How to Prepare a Manuscript").[1] Jonathan Coulton served as the musical director for these lectures, performing many originals that would later be released as Other Experiments or reproduced for Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow or during Thing a Week.

The themes of the lecture series were titled as if they were a similar series of useful How-To booklets with charmingly archaic titles. [2] Each Little Gray Book program loosely followed that theme and featured a selection of guests. These lectures included readings by authors, novelty demonstrations, comedy and music. Most of the Little Gray Book lectures took place at the Galapagos Art Space, in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Jonathan's role has been described in this way: "The loyal audience, which Hodgman has built, anticipates the closure Coulton’s songs often bring. They have the uncanny effect of wrapping-up and summarizing the night’s theme in well-crafted song. Hodgman believes, 'it is unconscionable that no one has found a way to make one million dollars off his talents yet.'"

The only nearly-complete recording of a Little Gray Book lecture currently available on the internet is the one made of Lecture 29, on the topic of radio. [3] The lecture took place in Philadelphia, in order to take advantage of radio-quality sound recording at the Indre Studio. [4] However, recordings from a total of seven of the lectures were at repackaged and released as podcasts. These podcasts were compiled by Jonathan Coulton and John Hodgman and bookmarked with inventive fictional settings and events as described by the two of them. Each podcast reprised readings, songs, or amusing happenings from one specific past lecture.

Several of Jonathan's songs were written for the lectures or the podcasts, including Skullcrusher Mountain, The Future Soon, The Presidents, and Brookline, the last of which was prompted by the lecture about Hodgman's hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts.

The lectures were:

Lecture # Title Songs Date
1 How to Begin an Important Project [5] none
2 Hints on Public Singing I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Rainbow Connection Tuesday, May 8, 2001
3 How to Spell Several Common Words none
4 How Can We Possibly Go On? (post- 9/11) none
5 How to Win a Fight none
6 How to Choose (or Make) the Perfect Gift none
7 Secrets of Self-Improvement none
8 How to Throw a Curveball none
9 Mystery Cults of North America I'm a Mason Now
10 How and When to Tell a Lie none
11 Europe vs. America Over There
12 Great Rivalries in American Spelling none
13 How to Seek Your Fortune none
14 How to Speak with Strangers Don't Talk to Strangers
15 How to ReDistribute Wealth and Joy none
16 How to Pour the Perfect Werthmann [6] Mandelbrot Set
17 How to Generate a Winning Character none
18 What Will Happen in the Future? (Full mp3) The Future Soon Wednesday, April 2, 2003
19 Exiles of Chicago none
20 How to Negotiate All Kinds of Deals and Contracts Screwed (demo)
21 How to Measure Misunderstood Genius Skullcrusher Mountain
22 How to Gamble and Win (Full mp3) Gambler's Prayer (demo)
23 Brookline: the Town that Has Everything Yet at the Same Time Has Nothing [7] Brookline (demo) Wednesday, November 5, 2003
24 Strange Gifts from Far-Off Lands [8] none Wednesday, December 3, 2003
25 The Animals: Are They Our Enemies? I Crush Everything Wednesday, March 3, 2004
26 Secrets of the Secret Agents none Wednesday, April 7, 2004
27 How to Lead a Double Life (or Death) Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance (demo) Wednesday, June 2, 2004
28 (Title currently unknown) none
29 How to Communicate Without the Aid of Wires Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft, Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance (new lyrics), Sweet Information Saturday, October 9, 2004
30 How to Observe President's Day, Observed The Presidents Thursday, February 24, 2005
31 How to Commit the Perfect Crime One More Score Thursday, June 16, 2005
32 How to Prepare Manuscripts for Publication [9] Baby Got Back, Big Rock Candy Mountain Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Lecture #33 is listed as "How to Rest Quietly". It is technically not a lecture, but the title of the hiatus announcement found currently on the Little Gray Book Lectures website.


MP3's

Recordings are available for many of Jonathan's LGB performances. These are compiled and available for download here.


References