Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

By Jon Ronson

New York Times–bestselling writer of The Psychopath Test Jon Ronson writes concerning the darkish, uncanny facets of humanity with readability and humor. Lost at Sea—now with new material—reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even within the so much mundane circumstances.

Ronson investigates the unusual issues we’re prepared to think in, from robots programmed with our family’ personalities to indigo youngsters to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo lovers. He seems to be at usual lives that tackle awesome views. between them: a pop singer whose maximum ardour is the arrival alien invasion, assisted-suicide practitioners, and an Alaskan town’s Christmas-induced highschool mass-murder plot. He explores these types of stories with a feeling of upper goal and universality, but they're tales now not in regards to the edge of society. they're approximately we all. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing—Ronson writes approximately our sleek international, and divulges how deep our collective craziness lies, and the chaos stirring on the fringe of our day-by-day lives.

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