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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Fun, But A Bit Disjointed

    I first learned of Jon Ronson from his interview on The Daily Show with John Stewart. I'm glad, in retrospect, that I decided to read The Psychopath Test first, as that book introduced me to his unique brand of investigative journalism blended with humor and personal insights. Unlike The Psychopath Test, Lost at Sea is more a collection of somewhat unrelated stories (even thinking that they are all "mysteries" would be inaccurate) instead of a winding narrative that explores a set of similar themes. I kept reading Lost at Sea, hoping to figure out the tie that binds all the stories together, and eventually gave up and just accepting (and enjoying, mind you) his quirky storytelling.

    In an odd way, I began to envision Ronson as a journalist version of Ford Prefect (a character from Douglas Adams' well-known "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series who travels the Universe making entries for said "Guide"). This may be because Ronson is British and shares some of Adams' dry British humor. But in essence, these stories - ranging from a evangelical Anglican program crafted to win wealthy agnostics back into the fold, to poking through Stanley Kubrick's copious notes on movies both made and unmade - come accross as oddly humorous semi-autobiographical tales of Ronson's adventures in exploring quirky stories for his show on the BBC.

    All that being said, as long as you don't try (like I did) to find some sort of unifying theme to the book, it is an intriguing read. From re-creating one of James Bonds' journeys in a custom Aston Martin to Jesus Christians donating their kidneys to strangers, each chapter gives you the intimate feeling of being right alongside Ronson as he explores various life experiences he investigates.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2012

    Good read....very interesting journalism

    This was an author I had heard about and decided to try this book. It was a good read and I would recommend getting it for anyone who likes investigative satire and investigative journalism around "out of the box" topics.

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