Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Jon Ronson Investigates Why We Believe What We Do
Jon Ronson, a New York Times-bestselling author, is known for his penchant for writing about the weirder parts of our modern world with a certain weirdness himself. You might see aspects of Gonzo journalism in his reporting, as he is often a major character in the story and research. Given his subjects - typically things like fringe interests, new age ideas, non-mainstream beliefs - it is not surprising that these tales are often fascinating and hilarious too.
With his new book, Lost At Sea, Ronson digs deeper into what many of us might think of as oddball or strange beliefs like the Insane Clown Posse's fanbase of "juggalos" or the cult of personality following spiritual healers, and digs right into what makes us do the things we do. Ever the skeptic, Ronson dares to ask of his subjects what the rest of us are thinking "but WHY do you believe what you do?" From Robbie William's belief in aliens to Stanley Kubrick's obsessive hoarding habits, Ronson explores the quirks of the people we think of on the fringes of our society, and discovers a few of his own quirky beliefs along the way.
This book is comprised largely of essays previously published in The Guardian and other newspapers, and each chapter is relatively short and on a separate subject, so it is an excellent choice for readers who have never read any of his work before. Chapters can be read leisurely over a period of time, making this a great book to keep in your purse or on the bedside table to read when you have a few minutes here and there. Still, longtime Ronson fans will enjoy these new interviews as well!
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Watch Jon Ronson's Interview on The Daily Show, October 31, 2012
- Jon Ronson - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 10/31/12 - Video Clip | Comedy Central
"Lost at Sea" author Jon Ronson connects with crazy people on a neurotic level. Airdate - 10/31/12
Reviews of Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson
- Lost at Sea - review - Jon Ronson Review EW.com
The first part of this eclectic and fascinating collection is titled ''The Strange Things We're Willing to Believe,'' but that could easily apply to the whole book...
- Jon Ronson - Lost at Sea Review The List
Will Self pretty well nailed it when he dubbed Jon Ronson as ‘one of the finest comic writers working today’. Even when a subject appears on the surface to be deadly serious (the Self review was for Ronson’s last full work, The Psychopath Test), the…
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