Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Riverhead Books, 2012 - Literary Collections - 400 pages
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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 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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Review: Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

User Review  - Trache Can - Goodreads

I liked Jon Ronson a lot, and I had read some of the stories from here and enjoyed them--but stumbling upon Ana Mardoll's Goodreads review, I don't think I can condone him as a writer anymore. Victim ... Read full review

Review: Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

User Review  - John G. - Goodreads

Really enjoyed this book, a kind of dry, dark, British humor to it. This is basically investigative journalistic essays, but of incredibly obscure, weird or disturbing situations. The author reminds ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jon Ronson's books include the New York Times bestseller The Psychopath Test, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats?both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was adapted as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London and New York City.

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