Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Book - 2012
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Ronson investigates the strange things we are willing to believe in, from life like robots programmed with the personalities of our loved ones to indigo children to hyper successful spiritual healers.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781594631375
Branch Call Number: 306.1 R669
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 22 cm


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Nov 30, 2016

Jon covered the waterfront in this piece with stories on everything from Indigo Children to the pandemic of folks missing from Cruises and the lack of investigations into these cases. I'm sad I've read all of his books now, but am grateful to add another mandated author to my short list. Quick aside: While I think the Indigo Children phenom is probably bravo sierra, I am convinced my hilarious daughter, Betty is slightly psychic on top of all her other awesome qualities. I became convinced of this when she looked at me out of the blue one day and said, "You have a little mental illness." Just a little honey.

KateHillier Jul 29, 2016

There's definitely something for everyone here. A few of the standout articles for me are the ones about the financial crisis and Insane Clown Posse (a weird combination I know) but there's always something fascinating even in the most disturbing of the stories that Ronson brings to your attention.

May 20, 2013

There are two kinds of readers: those who are devoted Jon Ronson fangirls-and-boys, and those who haven’t heard of Jon Ronson yet. Friends, I present Jon Ronson: a bespectacled British journalist who writes thoughtful long-form journalism about quirky fringe phenomena like telepathy, aliens, and psychopaths. He was first introduced to an American audience on the radio show This American Life, and he’s got a knack for the sort of stuff that makes fans of that show swoon — sniffing out the peculiar in everyday life, getting to the heart with equal parts empathy and wit, and drawing wry conclusions about modern life. Lost at Sea is his collection of haunting and hilarious shorter pieces from the past decade, including stories about Insane Clown Posse, James Bond, Stanley Kubrick, robots, and too many other bizarre and wonderful things to name. Ronson is a fabulous narrator of his own work, and my like for Lost at Sea blossomed into full-blown love when I switched from the print to the audio.

kellswitch Dec 02, 2012

This is a fascinating collection of stories that don’t always have any obvious connections to each other, other than the strangeness of life in this world.

Each of these articles were previously published in The Guardian newspaper and the author Jon Ronson covers an impressively diverse series of topics from the Insane Clown Posse to unusual religious groups, a Christmas themed town to the economic disparity in this country, Stanley Kubrick's Boxes to assisted suicide.
Not all of the topics are ones I would have chosen to read separately on my own and yet I was fascinated by and am glad that I read each one.
I felt that each topic was covered seriously and respectfully no matter how quirky or sometimes even unpleasant it was and some of them made me uncomfortable but they all made me think or exposed me to a segment of society I was unaware of or just hadn’t previously paid attention to.

He doesn’t always wrap up each story with an opinion or even a real conclusion, sometimes they just end, or at least his involvement in the story ends, which is sort of how life is. Real life doesn’t always end neatly or conveniently and sometimes there really isn’t any sense to be made from what happens, sometimes its just worthwhile to know that the story happened at all.

This book made me thing and question and exposed me to people and experiences I never knew existed and for that alone it was very worth reading.


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