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Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries
Ronson, Jon (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lost at Sea
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Ronson investigates the strange things we are willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with the personalities of our loved ones to indigo children to hyper successful spiritual healers. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories. In a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of predatory tactics of credit card companies and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, a 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.
Authors: Ronson, Jon, 1967-
Title: Lost at sea
the Jon Ronson mysteries
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 22 cm
Summary: Ronson investigates the strange things we are willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with the personalities of our loved ones to indigo children to hyper successful spiritual healers. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories. In a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of predatory tactics of credit card companies and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, a 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.
Alternate Title: Jon Ronson mysteries
ISBN: 9781594631375
1594631379
Branch Call Number: 306.1 RONSON
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Ronson
Subject Headings: Subculture Counterculture Eccentrics and eccentricities
Topical Term: Subculture
Counterculture
Eccentrics and eccentricities
LCCN: 2012034797
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May 20, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

There are two kinds of readers: those who are devoted Jon Ronson fangirls-and-boys, and those who haven’t heard of Jon Ronson yet. Friends, I present Jon Ronson: a bespectacled British journalist who writes thoughtful long-form journalism about quirky fringe phenomena like telepathy, aliens, and psychopaths. He was first introduced to an American audience on the radio show This American Life, and he’s got a knack for the sort of stuff that makes fans of that show swoon — sniffing out the peculiar in everyday life, getting to the heart with equal parts empathy and wit, and drawing wry conclusions about modern life. Lost at Sea is his collection of haunting and hilarious shorter pieces from the past decade, including stories about Insane Clown Posse, James Bond, Stanley Kubrick, robots, and too many other bizarre and wonderful things to name. Ronson is a fabulous narrator of his own work, and my like for Lost at Sea blossomed into full-blown love when I switched from the print to the audio.

Dec 02, 2012
  • kellswitch rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a fascinating collection of stories that don’t always have any obvious connections to each other, other than the strangeness of life in this world.

Each of these articles were previously published in The Guardian newspaper and the author Jon Ronson covers an impressively diverse series of topics from the Insane Clown Posse to unusual religious groups, a Christmas themed town to the economic disparity in this country, Stanley Kubrick's Boxes to assisted suicide.
Not all of the topics are ones I would have chosen to read separately on my own and yet I was fascinated by and am glad that I read each one.
I felt that each topic was covered seriously and respectfully no matter how quirky or sometimes even unpleasant it was and some of them made me uncomfortable but they all made me think or exposed me to a segment of society I was unaware of or just hadn’t previously paid attention to.

He doesn’t always wrap up each story with an opinion or even a real conclusion, sometimes they just end, or at least his involvement in the story ends, which is sort of how life is. Real life doesn’t always end neatly or conveniently and sometimes there really isn’t any sense to be made from what happens, sometimes its just worthwhile to know that the story happened at all.

This book made me thing and question and exposed me to people and experiences I never knew existed and for that alone it was very worth reading.

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