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Lost at Sea
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries | Jon Ronson
The New York Timesbestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances.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.
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Ronson writes such interestingly odd books & this collection of characters he‘s interviewed over the years gives a great taste of his storytelling. 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….each personality is one-of-a-kind.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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One more for #Pantone2022 @Clwojick

This one is not quite, but pretty close 🤷‍♀️😂

Clwojick Super close! 2mo
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Lena_writes
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#24b4monday completed with three hours to spare, #summersendreadathon and #newtsreadathon2019 to go!
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Clwojick Way to go!!! 🙌🏻♥️🕑 3y
Lena_writes @Clwojick thank you! ❤️ 3y
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Lena_writes
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Next audiobook up! (Still chugging through my hardback book). Eight more hours and I‘ll have done #24b4monday Bit more to go for the #newtsreadathon2019 and #summersendreadathon ( @Clwojick )

Clwojick You‘re doing fantastic! Way to go ♥️ 3y
Moony Such a wonderful #bulletjournal 3y
Nute That reading journal looks pretty awesome!😃 3y
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AutumnRLS
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So we've been in our home three years and the "library" (which has basically been a mud/dog/office room) finally got some shelves and a couch to read on. Husband is currently working on the built-ins for the two perpendicular walls. Can't wait to unbox some books! The dogs, however, are unimpressed with the invasion of their space!

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vivastory
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Truly one of the most memorably unusual books I've read. Proof that #peoplearestrange & in Ronson's hands they make for a great read!
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Robothugs This sounds very interesting! 4y
Cinfhen I love me some solid informative NF that‘s entertaining to read! sounds fascinating 4y
vivastory @Cinfhen Then you'd love Ronson! I also recommend 4y
Cinfhen Ohhh!!! That‘s already on my TBR...I didn‘t make the connection @vivastory 4y
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vivastory
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In 2000, documentary filmmaker, Errol Morris, had a tv series called "First Person." Each episode featured a unique subject (they were unique due to either a certain belief, occupation, or experience). Ronson's book is the literary equivalent of "First Person." This book is undeniably weird & strange (the piece about a planned mass school shooting at the North Pole is probably more surreal than any other nonfiction I have read). ?

vivastory Yet, I found Ronson to not be exploitative or trafficking in the weird for cheap thrills. He was honest with his subjects while also trying to maintain objectivity. I will definitely be reading more of his work. 5y
Sweettartlaura Have you read Them by Ronson yet? He handles these subjects similarly, I feel. 5y
vivastory @Sweettartlaura I just requested it from the library. Lost at Sea was my first Ronson 5y
Books_Wine_Repeat This was my first Ronson--I liked his writing style. Adding your suggestion to my list. 5y
vivastory @Books_Wine_Repeat I really enjoyed it. I'm going to read "Psychopath Test" after "Them." I believe he also wrote a piece about trump campaign that is available as a Vintage short on Kindle 5y
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readordierachel "...with all the joy escaping from him like air." What a great description. 5y
vivastory I was really struck by it too. Very vivid. @ReadOrDieRachel 5y
Suet624 People and their rosy stories about where they live. Bah humbug. 😁 5y
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Ronson's piece on touring Kubrick's house two years after he died. 25,000 library cards (these are actually note cards) on Napoleon

Hobbinol Wow!😬 5y
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vivastory
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The Robbie in this paragraph is Robbie Williams, British pop star & believer in the paranormal.

LeahBergen Ha!!! 5y
RealBooks4ever Wow. 🤔 5y
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Suet624 Hard to find an honest psychic these days. 😂 5y
vivastory @Suet624 Too true.. they've all become samurais 5y
batsy Not only was he lied to, but to learn that "samuraiship" isn't even a real word... 5y
vivastory @batsy Talk about kicking someone when they're already down 5y
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saresmoore Hahaha! 5y
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vivastory
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Just started this & can tell I'm going to love it

Suet624 Love Ronson. 5y
vivastory @Suet624 This is my first Ronson. Soooo good & weird 5y
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JSW
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This book is a collection of previously published stories, some of which are funny, and some merely odd. If you need a brainless book about random weird shit, this might be for you.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I liked his Shamed book, so I'll probably check it out. 6y
JSW @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I really enjoyed his book about Psychopaths. 6y
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strikingthirteen
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I may not have liked all of the stories but they were all fascinating

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"Ronson delivers again, whether he's hanging out with religious extremists, people who think they are aliens or psychic or both, or Insane Clown Posse. Always poignant, mostly hilarious." --Joe