The Call of the Weird

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Pan Macmillan UK, Nov 1, 2005 - Humor - 256 pages
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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  - thoughtbox - LibraryThing

Louis Theroux makes documentaries about subjects i find fascinating, though his movies always end up making me feel a little queasy. I don't know if it's my latent journalism muscle or simply the same ... Read full review

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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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About the author (2005)

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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