Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Each chapter represents an article written by Ronson about his adventures in interviewing eccentric personalities and meeting "extraordinary" people in stories of madness, strange behaviour and mysterious events on the fringe of normality in western society. He tracks down Mingering Mike, the draft-dodging creator of many soul albums that exist only as cover art. Send them to my home, mail them, attach them to carrier pigeons, I don't care how you do it, but give me more of these books.

The would-be killers, like all students in North Pole high school, answered letters from children all over the world addressed to “Santa, North Pole” under elfish pseudonyms. S. Lewis' trilemma as an impressive and unassailable logical argument, even though perusal of the Wikipedia article will indicate that the trilemma has had serious argument since it was first presented. To some extent, that turned out to be true--the ICP interview is still probably my favorite piece--but for the most part it's a pretty gentle descent. Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries is a 2012 book by Jon Ronson which highlights and further elaborates many of Ronson's magazine articles.It's a delight to be given titbits of people, and delve into small snapshots, especially when it's on the wilder side. Ronson paints himself as a cowardly, neurotic type, but his subject matter tells another story, and he’s got more guts than I do. It’s his third collection of such articles, and while the first two are more about himself, this one picks up the thread in his earlier work Them: Adventures with Extremists. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie , Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries , The Psychopath Test , The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists .

Like most of Ronson's journalism, the articles feel too strange to be real, this mixture of strangeness and truth adding to the readability of the articles and lending them an air of surreal-ness. The worst chapter in this book, however, is the one innocently titled "The Fall of a Pop Impressario", which deals with the trial of Jonathan King, who was convicted of sexually assaulting several teenage boys. Jon interviews four people living in the US, with each interviewee having a salary five times that of the last.A couple of the pieces could have used more information, one could have been cut in half, but on the whole a very enjoyable, informative read and worthy of your time.

This collection of non-fiction stories takes a look at both those on the fringe of society (other-worldly Indigo children, psychics, robot-enthusiasts, and Jesus Christian cults) as well as issues that affect more ordinary people (like the economic collapse, unequal taxation as well as crime and punishment). Ronson asks at least half a dozen times in the chapter why the victims didn't refuse to see King after the assaults, or as Ronson puts it: "why [they] continually went back for more". Here I felt that Ronson was laughing at a group of odd religious people who meant well, albeit in a rather strange way by offering to donate their kidneys to strangers.Whether he is following a religious group that wants to donate their kidneys, an ex-cult leader that is now big in the business world teaching influencing others, looking through Stanley Kubrick’s estate, or interviewing Margaret Keane about the theft of her artwork…. If people can't see a fucking miracle in a fucking elephant, then life must suck for them, because an elephant is a fucking miracle.

Jon Ronson has been on patrol with America's real-life superheroes and to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams. Ronson also goes on a cruise to meet psychic Sylvia Browne, a woman who goes on TV to tell parents of missing children (often incorrectly) their kids are dead, and finds out, surprise surprise, she’s not just a fake but an unpleasant old bag as well. Perhaps because it is composed of a series of essays that, although they are presented in thematic sections, don't really offer any grand narratives or analysis, beyond something like "people's lives are very different. Ronson quotes the defense copiously in large blocks of both direct quotes and paraphrase, yet he can barely make room for any quotes from the prosecution. His opening piece on the revelation that the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse has secretly been hardcore Christian all these years was a small piece of essay perfection.Maybe the murders were a type of honor killing, as if Foster simply couldn't bear the idea of losing their respect and the respect of his friends.

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