The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Humor
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For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them. Along the way Louis thinks about what drives him to spend so much time among weird people, and considers whether he's learned anything about himself in the course of ten years working with them. Has he manipulated the people he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the assorted dreamers and outlaws who have been his TV feeding ground. Attempting to understand a little about himself and the workings of his own mind, Louis considers questions such as: What is the difference between pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there something particularly weird about Americans? What does it mean to be weird, or 'to be yourself'? And do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?
 

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User Review  - ElaineRuss - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - HenriMoreaux - LibraryThing

Having seen numerous Louis Theroux documentaries including the BBC weird weekend series I was immediately intrigued by this book - it sounded like it would be an interesting read to catch up where ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
JERRY GRUIDL
147
MARSHALL SYLVER
225
APRIL LAMB AND LYNX
255
Epilogue
281
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Louis Theroux went to America after graduating from Oxford University, where he wrote for satirical magazine Spy. After working on Michael Moore's 'TV Nation', Louis hosted his own show, 'Weird Weekends' for the BBC. He followed this with the hugely popular series 'Louis meets...' in which he spent time with, amongst others, Jimmy Savile, Neil and Christine Hamilton, and Chris Eubank. This is Louis' first book.

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