The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures
No, it doesn't get much weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (who have just formed a white-power folk group for kids called Prussian Blue), and her... show more
No, it doesn't get much weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (who have just formed a white-power folk group for kids called Prussian Blue), and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade now, Louis Theroux has been making programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have most intrigued him to try to discover what motivates them, and why they believe the things they believe. From his Las Vegas base (where else?), Theroux calls on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws--and in the process finds out a little about the workings of his own mind. What does it mean, after all, to be weird, or "to be yourself"? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us? And is there something particularly weird about Americans? America, prepare yourself for a hilarious look in the mirror that has already taken the rest of the English-speaking world by storm: "Paul Theroux's son writes with just as clear an eye for character and place as his father.... And he's funny.... Theroux's final analysis of American weirdness is true and new." -- Literary Review (England)
Publish date: January 30th 2007
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
, United States
This is typical Louis, just as you'd expect. It's very similar to the TV series, so if you are a fan, you should enjoy this.
For fans of Louis Theroux and his series Weird Weekends.
A more accurate rating for this would have been 3.5.Louis is as skilled a writer as he is documentary maker. This book is very interesting but ultimately offers more of an insight into the author, than his subjects. Which is great for anyone that has seen the intial series of documentaries but possi...
Equal parts weird documentary follow-up and navel gazing Gen-X memoir, this quirky book was... well, quirky. Theroux apparently made a series of documentaries about fringe-dwellers (white power believers, UFO contactees, porn stars & the like) back in the 90s and was inspired to follow up ten years ...