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Lost at Sea by Jon Ronson

Lost at Sea (edition 2012)

by Jon Ronson

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Title:Lost at Sea
Authors:Jon Ronson
Info:Picador (2012), Edition: Open market ed, Paperback
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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries by Jon Ronson



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Twenty-six short investigative pieces in the Ronson style. ( )
  Lord_Boris | Feb 21, 2017 |
I like Ronson's journalistic style. I like that he doesn't lean too far towards preconceptions, even as he reports with emotional investment and sensitivity. It leaves one to discern for oneself what is behind the controversies, whatever their wide-ranging origins. I always liked the "radical" journalism concept of decades gone by, as practiced by Hunter Thompson, Tom Wolfe and war journalists up to recent times; journalism that would straddle the divide between an objective, dry representational account and fictional devices. Ronson doesn't seem to gravitate to physical danger especially, but the stories are no less compelling, perhaps even more-so being as amusing and entertaining as they can be difficult and unresolved. Not to say the subject matter can't venture into touchy ethical or politically critical areas. I don't know if he compiles a lot of notes or research in putting his articles together, but many of the articles on social disparity and ethical questions could be quote-worthy. ( )
  brianfergusonwpg | Oct 26, 2016 |
Based on Ronson's earlier magazine articles and interviews, but still very solid, like all his work I have read. The common theme is various strange people and events. Entertaining, but somewhat easy to forget since the pieces do not relate to each other. ( )
  ohernaes | Sep 23, 2016 |
This collection of stories by Jon Ronson (narrated by the author) is a highly engaging listen. I never thought I’d be trying not laugh out loud during a story about assisted suicide, but that’s the kind of writer Ronson is - he finds the humor in even the most serious themes. Overall, Lost at Sea is a very interesting collection. I would definitely recommend it if you’ve enjoyed Ronson’s other works. ( )
  les121 | Aug 23, 2015 |
Poorly researched, choppy, stream of consciousness. I wonder why this guy even claims to be an author because the book does not hold interest for even a few minutes! ( )
  buffalogr | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Ronson investigates the strange things we are willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with the personalities of our loved ones to indigo children to hyper successful spiritual healers. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose 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 predatory tactics of credit card companies and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, a 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.… (more)

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