Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Lost At Sea The Jon Ronson Mysteries 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 l

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 personaliThe 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

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  1. Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary filmmaker His work includes the international bestsellers Them Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns Human Zoo and Out of the Ordinary He writes and presents the BBC Radio 4 series, Jon Ronson OnFor Channel 4, Jon has made a number of films including the five part series Secret Rulers of the World and Tottenham Ayatollah His most recent documentaries are Reverend Death Channel 4 , Citizen Kubrick More4 and Robbie Williams and Jon Ronson Journey to the Other Side Radio 4 In the US, he is a contributor to Public Radio International s This American Life.

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  1. Lost At Sea 9781594631375I read this book because it was selected for our book club, and I am terribly disappointed with it I don t recommend this book at any price, for I found it to be very poorly researched and importantly to put forth some really contemptible ideas about marginalized people and victims of abuse I initially thought this book to be a collection of journalistic articles on various interesting and zany topics, but I found the journalism part to be very lacking In almost each of [...]

  2. If you haven t read anything by Ronson, this collection of 20 essays would be a great starting point.His topics range from real life superheroes to psychic Sylvia Browne, and his writing, while pithy and skeptical, shows a remarkable amount of humor and compassion Though a few of the pieces didn t really go anywhere, all foreplay and no climax, if you will alien hunting with Robbie Williams, is one that left me scratching my head most are solidly written, absorbing studies of unusual and provoca [...]

  3. I m a fan of the geeky, quirky Jon Ronson but found this collection of his essays a little patchy Plus I had already read a couple of these essays in his other books There are some absolute gems here though, and herewith my favouritesor in some instances, essays that made me sit up and take notice.The Name s Ronson, Jon Ronson Here he celebrates the centenary month of Ian Flemming s birth by travelling in James Bond s footsteps, from London to Geneva, driving a vintage Aston Martin The laughter [...]

  4. I bought this book on 22nd November 2012 and read and reviewed it within the next three weeks It is yet another book missing from my bookshelves together with its review and comments Whenever I write to or post on Feedback about these missing books there is never any serious answer and it s not me alone It must be me I must have deleted it by accident or something Why would I delete a book and review I have started to export my books but I didn t do it very often if at all back in 2012 In any ca [...]

  5. After enjoying The Psychopath Test I was up for Jon Ronson in my life I picked up this collection of his essays and I was not disappointed.I d best describe Jon as Louis Theroux style exploits with Mary Roach humour Mary can be great, but sometimes the rigour lacks Jon is much better on the research and rigour, but still a journalist style It s not an academic book making academic claims, and don t mistake it for that It s on the entertainment side of informative.Jon has fun with psychics, rea [...]

  6. In nearly every article of the book, journalist Jon Ronson is able to pick an extraordinary subject to write about in an interesting and engaging way I loved reading about real life superhero Phoenix Jones as he patrols the streets of Chicago, trying to make drunk drivers eat tacos before getting behind the wheel, or discovering that the rap duo Insane Clown Posse have been covert Christians their entire careers, believing they were making converts of their listeners subliminally for 20 years Ot [...]

  7. Ronson has a good eye for bizarre nonfiction investigation He writes about assisted suicide practitioners, people preparing for alien visits, robots with artificial intelligence, a high school mass murder plot in North Pole, Alaska, a Christmas themed town, and a person s mysterious disappearance from a Disney cruise ship Each chapter is a captivating subject, and together they paint a picture of the strange world we live in So I read with interest.That said, I found many chapters to be thin and [...]

  8. SIX STARS, I say SIX STARS for Jon Ronson I m always amazed by Jon Ronson s style He is witty, self depreciating and observant 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 ordinary people like the economic collapse, unequal taxation as well as crime and punishment I ve been told that the many of the short stories in this collection has [...]

  9. 3.5 starsI m a big fan of Jon Ronson, so I had to buy this book as soon as I saw he had something new out Like many of his other books, this one is a collection of shorter essays or articles This book deals with a wide range of subjects, from juggalos to income disparity in the U.S It s all fascinating, but the majority of the pieces are so short that they end up feeling insubstantial, and ultimately forgettable I will continue seeking out Ronson s previous books, and I will certainly buy anythi [...]

  10. This was okay, but of all the Jon Ronson books I ve read it s my least favourite I think that s because it s the least cohesive, as a range of magazine articles, that aren t really connected I ve much preferred his other books, but this is perfectly readable if you re a Ronson fan and want .

  11. I laughed harder at this book than I ve ever laughed at any book ever Not all the way through, mind you some parts were serious, some sad and some downright depressing, but there were also bits where out of nowhere I d find myself bent double, honking with laughter or shooting tea out of my nose This is a collection of journalism by Jon Ronson, published in various places and over a period of around 20 years My plan was to read a chapter at a time, interspersing them with other books, but I ende [...]

  12. I think reading habits have changed dramatically since electronic readers were invented I know mine have I have literally hundreds of books on mine in no particular order and when I m too lazy to get up and research why I ve put a book on there, I tend to just click on it and start reading Hence I m 30% through this and thinking, Huh, weird, he s mixing real people into this really, really bizarre science fiction story Is that allowed Yeah Duh.I got up and did the research.So, this is a real boo [...]

  13. When I saw that this book opens with Ronson s Insane Clown Posse interview which is one of my favorite things ever , I was afraid it would be downhill from there 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 Some articles are better than others, but they re all good and a few are very good Unlike Ronson s previous books of if I remember Jon Stewart s phrase correctly satirical investigative jour [...]

  14. Jon Ronson writes for the Guardian UK, and this is a collection of articles from his works It s his third collection of such articles, and while the first two are about himself, this one picks up the thread in his earlier work Them Adventures with Extremists He also wrote The Men Who Stare at Goats, and The Psychopath Test.I read The Psychopath Test based solely on Ronson s interview on The Daily Show, and picked up Lost at Sea for the same reason I saw the film version of The Men Who Stared at [...]

  15. Wholly brilliant Not every essay gripped me in the same way, but I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Ronson s work It was particularly great to listen to on audiobook, read by Ronson himself It s very conversational, and you can hear the memories of the interviews in his voice meeting Stanley Kubrick s family, the Insane Clown Posse, his re hashing of the Frank story, the right to die movement advocates, the Real Life Super Hero movement, the Jesus Christians voluntarily donating kidneys to [...]

  16. This book is a series of articles by journalist Ron Jonson, who I had no experience of before downloading this audiobook The articles were interesting enough at the beginning but ultimately didn t hold my attention for the duration The humour and Jon s sly takes on the observed situations were fine at first, bringing on the odd chuckle, but began to grate on me as time went on I began to tire of what I increasingly felt to be opinionated and unfounded comments There was no development, the style [...]

  17. It s very hard to describe this collection of Guardian and GQ columns written by the author of Men Who Stare at Goats On the surface, the topics sound decidedly dark a high school murder plot in North Pole, Alaska, the suspected cover up of the disappearance of a Disney cruise employee who went missing off a ship, the trial of an 80s pop star accused of pedophilia But Ronson is the kind of narrator who has the gift of making all these stories accessibly human, truly fascinating, and weirdly ente [...]

  18. I was thrilled beyond belief to hear he had a new book coming out Ronson s writing style is forever readable, even when it s on topics I don t care to read This book is a compilation of short pieces divided by loosely defined categories The pieces range from the ridiculous to the infuriating Ronson has a way of humanizing the worst or most ridiculous among us, and this is a beautiful thing There are a couple of cases in this book that he didn t even attempt to find apology for, and with good rea [...]

  19. Ronson voyages once again into the world of oddballs, conspiracy theorists, psychopaths, and the Insane Clown Posse but I repeat myself Some of these pieces, most of which were written for the Guardian, feel a little too short and seem to just stop instead of working to a satisfying conclusion I wanted him to dig deeper into the whole Indigo Children nonsense, for example Two standout pieces one examining the many ways credit card companies target the people most likely to get into debt, and one [...]

  20. First, let me say I loved The Psychopath Test, and the author is always interesting on TV shows very witty, but also skilled at reporting unusual stories with clarity and depth This book, however, failed to excite me, and it s hard to explain why 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 Perhaps I went into the book expect [...]

  21. The first half of the book is classic Jon Ronson, and very interesting and funny for it The second half is just bleakly depressing people committing suicide because of their inability to cope with huge debts, people disappearing off cruise liners presumed suicide Because it is a whole series of Guardian stories articles, there is unfortunately not a narrative through the book definitely read one of his other books before this, which are all brilliant

  22. This book is a collection of short articles that range from the disturbing to the just plain weird Of course I loved it all There are a few that fell flat but over all the subjects were fascinating, as always, and Ronson s writing is sharp.

  23. Growing up, my dad taught me many important lessons They included things like vitamin popping, punctuality, and the lesson he reiterated the most Katie, people aren t rational Remember that Bestselling author Jon Ronson and my father are of the same mind In Lost at Sea, Ronson takes us on a journey through the weirdness, superstition, and delusions that consume ordinary people The book traverses the outer reaches of normality in outer reaches of the globe North Pole, Alaska, chateaus in northern [...]

  24. Much of this journalism collection I read when the pieces were originally published, some in my mum s copy of the collection at Christmas, and I ve just polished off the rest in a library copy Except that some pieces I read on two or in one case three of those occasions, because Ronson at his best is that good Yes, gonzo journalism is now mainstream, but when Ronson situates himself in the story, he does so not as some gung ho parody of Hunter, not as a faux everyman, but as himself , with all [...]

  25. For subject matter that is not that out of the ordinary, Ronson puts a strange spin on everything that he covers When his articles start with something strange, he makes it stranger Does he live in this weird state or just take us there as his occupation I don t care I really like reading what he has to say He draws few conclusions but reading a couple of articles in a row leaves me looking at my world a little differently and makes me wonder about how many conclusions I come to every day that m [...]

  26. Interesting and quirky articles on a range of subjects, from the very funny to the incredibly poignant.Just as an aside, my favourite quote from The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones The superheroes all have bulletproof vests I have a cardigan If that doesn t pique your interest, nothing will.

  27. A clever, darkly witty book from the author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare At Goats Highly recommended.

  28. After reading The Psychopath Test it was really clear to me I had to read every book that Jon Ronson s ever done Luckily, I found this one and decided to give it a go Though different from psychopath test because it told of many different stories it was still brilliant The fun thing about it was due to the short storied nature of each article I guess you could call them, it made it so addicting because I never knew what was coming next and felt like I was learning so much about things I d never [...]

  29. A fascinating read, but also a very problematic one Ronson struck me as a poor investigative journalist in how he consistently skipped out on sessions and such for the stories he was investigating The worst was the story on assisted suicide and how dangerous his sympathetic portrayal of the man was Oi.

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