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Real people and the illusion of rationality
on November 20, 2009
I liked the author's previous "Men who stare at goats", and so ordered it, then read it on a plane trip.
It is an unusual book, aimed to capture behavior that spins out of control, and leaves people in a ridiculous position. Often Ronson's wry humor surfaces in amusing ways.
Many of the vignettes show Ronson in his daily life, having cornered himself into indefensible positions, making proposterous statements and actions. Other sections capture people who are seriously warped - a movie director, a pedophile, a preacher.
I found the book to be low-key but perceptive and engaging, a light read.