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Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries - Jon Ronson
Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
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The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we’re... show more
The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories—in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companies’ predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaska’s Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing—Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594631375 (1594631375)
Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
Ronson interviews people who are unusual. Sometimes for their beliefs, sometimes for the jobs, sometimes even just for their incomes. He is often sympathetic to horrible situations, particularly the grief of parents for missing children. In turn, he is harshest on those who abuse grieving parents (S...
Tower of Iron Will
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Ronson writes with a light self-deprecating humor, but the topics he writes about are often deadly serious. One of the most touching aspects of these articles and interviews is that he clearly wants his subjects to like him and to get along with him, even when he is interviewing borderline psychopa...
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