The Call of the Weird: An American Road Trip with Neo-Nazis, Porn Stars and One (Alleged) Space Alien

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Pan Macmillan, Sep 4, 2008 - Humor
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After a decade of making documentaries about offbeat characters on the fringes of US society, Louis had the urge to return to America and track down the people who most fascinated him. It would be a reunion tour, but this time without the cameras and the sense of performance being filmed inevitably brings. It would allow him to get closer to people, to discover what really motivated them and what had happened to the assorted dreamers, outlaws and eccentrics since he last saw them.

On a journey that took him from the porn sets of Los Angeles to the gangsta rappers of Memphis, from a convention of UFO contactees in Arizona to Northern Idaho for a festive get-together of neo-Nazis, he asked what 'weird people' have to tell us about our own secret natures. Had he learned anything about himself by being among them? Do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?

Louis Theroux's first book is a hilarious, thought-provoking and at times surreal voyage into the heart of weirdness.

 

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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

Contents

Prologue
1
JERRY GRUIDL
147
MARSHALL SYLVER
225
APRIL LAMB AND LYNX
255
Epilogue
281
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Louis Theroux is an award-winning journalist and documentary film maker whose programmes are shown all over the world. In twenty years of working, he has spent time with inmates at San Quentin prison and Miami Jail; gambled with the high-rollers at a Las Vegas mega-casino; stalked game with trophy hunters on South Africa's wild animal farms, and spent time getting to know dementia patients and their families in Phoenix, Arizona. His feature-length documentary, My Scientology Movie, was released in 2016 and his television documentary series Dark States aired in 2017.

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