Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (Hardcover)
Ronson investigates the strange things were willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posses juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose lifes greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the storiesin 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, Alaskas 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 disturbingRonson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.
|Genre||SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture|
|Publisher Date||2012-10-30 00:00:00.0|
|Unit weight||1.2 lb|
|Subtitle||The Jon Ronson Mysteries|
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