The New York Timesâ€“bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things weâ€™re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved onesâ€™ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posseâ€™s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose lifeâ€™s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the storiesâ€”in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companiesâ€™ predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaskaâ€™s 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. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbingâ€”Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.
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