Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries (Hardcover)
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"The New York Times" bestselling 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 we re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse's juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life's 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 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, Alaska's 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 disturbing Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.
About the Author
Jon Ronson s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries and the international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He cowrote the screenplay for the movie Frank, which starred Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. A regular contributor to This American Life, Ronson lives in London and New York City.