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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The laughter lies in the gap between Bond and Ronson - cool, handsome and sophisticated v geeky, off-beat and a bit cack-handed. It’s his third collection of such articles, and while the first two are more about himself, this one picks up the thread in his earlier work Them: Adventures with Extremists. The final chapter examines his legacy and attempts to answer the question: how justifiable is his reputation in view of his achievements?

But this year I was looking for something I could leave on the table during my holiday break, to pick up briefly and leave off again without worrying about losing the narrative thread.There were some really great chapters but he tries to tie random chapters together under a very broad theme.

In diesem Buch sind viele Kolumnen von Jon Ronson gesammelt, die er im Guardian bereits veröffentlicht hat. 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.A contributor to The Guardian, Ronson is the author of the columns "Human Zoo" and "Out of the Ordinary". Overall, Lost at Sea is an interesting read, but I was continually longing for something richer, something more.

Ronson misses classes, and the entire chapter chattily refers to Gumbel as "Nicky" and ends with the glowing observation that Gumbel is "quite brilliant" and "wonderful". He follows and interviews Richard Bandler (Neurolinguistic Programming guru), and Paul McKenna (hypnotherapist), who have teamed up together. Jon interviews four people living in the US, with each interviewee having a salary five times that of the last.

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. Winston Churchill’s political career spanned over 50 years, during which time he was alternately at the centre of power and out of favour.

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