Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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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. Collected from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ ) Lost at Sea features the very best of his adventures. He has the ability to ask questions people don't normally ask, and root out surprising responses or telling evasions.

Not only a picaresque hero himself, he was also a scholar of the adventuring rogue in literature and art, witnessing the rise of America’s new liberalism, civil rights, the space race, the New York critics, and was Marilyn Monroe’s constant companion.

In this short journalistic story, Ronson interviews the Insane Clown Posse about their recent claim that, for the last 20 years, they have been promoting Christianity through their music. As he covers real people who have been affected, you wonder what kind of world we live in where openly preying on "subprime" people is an acceptable way to earn a living. Not every essay gripped me in the same way, but I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of Ronson's work. I've been a fan of Ronson's written work since coming across Them some years ago, his style of writing always seems to bring the subject alive without indulging in any deep seated judgement. He goes to a UFO convention in the Nevada Desert with Robbie Williams, asks Insane Clown Posse (who are possibly America's nastiest rappers) whether it's true they have actually been evangelical Christians all along, and rummages through the extensive archives of Stanley Kubrick.

Possibly the worst line in this book occurs when Ronson interviews a Haitian dishwasher named Frantz.Frantz' daily life is affected strongly by racism: his shoes are thrown in the garbage when he's not looking, he is clocked out of work early by his coworkers while he's still washing dishes, and he won't be promoted because of his skin color. Ronson is a character himself his pieces, a highly neurotic, cynical one, but also one who also brings the perfect blend of insight and wryness to his personally felt observations. I wish I could remember the original review but I can't and I am so unhappy about this now, I don't even feel like it. Thus ends my journey through Jon Ronson's entire bibliography - at least, all of his substantive, published works.

He is the author of many bestselling books, including Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, The Psychopath Test, The Men Who Stare at Goats and Them: Adventures with Extremists.Combining life-writing with poetic prose, Anthony Joseph gets to the heart of the man behind the music and the myth, reaching behind the sobriquet to present a holistic portrait of the calypso icon Lord Kitchener. Perhaps I went into the book expecting too much, and failed to appreciate the small stories that fill the pages. I found this piece more irritating than gripping, but was intrigued by the subject - one that nobody talks about.

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