Writer Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Psychopath Test, Them! Adventures with Extremists) discussed his new book Lost at Sea on this week’s episode of the BoingBoing podcast Gweek. (You may also remember my own interview with Ronson on the DisinfoCast a few months back.)
Via Mark Frauenfelder:
Lost at Sea collects 22 Guardian articles Jon’s written over the years, and they are fascinating portraits of people and groups a few standard deviations away from the middle of the normalcy bell curve.
Subjects include: Insane Clown Posse and their announcement that they are born-again Christians who have encoded secret messages in their songs for the last decade, the billionaire transgender woman who invented satellite radio and her attempt to create a lifelike robot of her partner, the culture of Indigo Children, a British pop star’s fascination with UFOs and aliens abductions, the contents of Stanley Kubrik’s archival boxes, the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, where Christmas is celebrated 365 days a year and where a group of high school students were caught trying to duplicate the Columbine high school massacre, a profile of Neuro-linguistic Programming co-creator Richard Bandler, a Children of God offshoot that donates kidneys as part of their religious practice, a profile of psychic Sylvia Browne, and many more stories.
I can’t imagine a disinfonaut not being familiar with Jon Ronson’s work, but if you haven’t read his stuff then you’re in for a treat. Ronson writes about all manner of weird things and people, and does so from a place of both humor and warmth. I’ve been a fan for many years.