- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books (October 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781594631375
- ISBN-13: 978-1594631375
- ASIN: 1594631379
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Praise for The Psychopath Test
“A rollicking, page-turner of a book . . . no ordinary piece of investigative journalism . . . Ronson’s storytelling skills are strong enough to enliven even the necessary reflections that would be one yawn after another if entrusted to a lesser writer.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Engagingly irreverent.”—The New York Times
“Because of Ronson’s relentless self-deprecation and goofy, British humor, it’s easy to tag along without fully realizing the rigor of his reporting, which is itself frenzied with compulsive questioning and obsessive research.”—The Boston Globe
“[A] fascinating and humane book.”—The Washington Post Book World
“Both terrifying and hilarious.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
About the Author
Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestseller The Psychopath Test, and Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats—both international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare at Goats was adapted as a major motion picture, released in 2009 and starring George Clooney. Ronson lives in London and New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
The stories are loosely tied together as "strange things we are willing to believe", and almost all of the stories fit into this rubric. Of the one's that don't, I am glad they were included anyways. The only one that feels really out of place is "The Name's Ronson, Jon Ronson", his story about reliving the drive from the Goldfinger movie.
Here are my favorite chapters:
* Insane Clown Posse - This chapter starts off the book, and it is fascinating. I have never listened to an ICP song, and don't plan to, but their now-professed Christianity, or at least spiritualism, is worth reading about. As soon as I read this chapter, I knew I would love the book.
* Robot Interviews - Ronson interviews the most advanced Artificial Intelligence robots that we have today - really interviews them - and collects his findings here.
* Indigo Children - How did I miss this? A huge group of parents/families deciding that their (maybe) ADHD children are actually the next evolution and saviors of the world . . .
* Alpha Course - As a Christian who has always been very involved in church, and now serve as an elder, I was interested to hear Ronson's take here. He gives an honest account of what he thinks and I found it moving and insightful, as well as extremely fair. I have not participated in Alpha Course, but know many who have. Also, speaking in tongues like described . . . unbiblical and I would find it just as weird.Read more ›
Knowing only what the blurb said, about Ronson investigating the strange things we are willing to believe in, I started reading. When I finished the book, uncharacteristically having read every page (except for the last few pages about the trial of a pedophile), I immediately started looking for more of Ronson's books, and was pleased to find there are enough to keep me going for a while.
I expected, from the description, this to be a collection of articles about the kooky people who believe they've been abducted by aliens or are receiving transmissions from the CIA through the fillings in their teeth. There are a lot of people in those groups and poking fun at them seems cruel, not funny. Jon Ronson doesn't poke fun, he keeps an open mind, while still being a skeptical journalist. It's a skill not many have, and to top it off, he writes beautifully.
Many of the essays in Lost at Sea are indeed about those who believe in psychics, aliens from outer space, and mind control, but my favorites were about credit card debt, the wealth gap in America, and Stanley Kubrick's storage boxes.
I think Ronson must be especially disarming for so many people to open up to him. Maybe he gives off a vibe that he's a bit on the strange side himself. Whatever he has, it is working and I'm off to find more of his books and articles.
In several pieces, Ronson employs rather original ways of handling the subject.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun Reading: I like short story and essay writing in general; it moves right along without a lot of filler material or descriptions of minutia. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martin Montana
Jon Ronson is great, he has a way of solving mysteries that makes reading about how he solves them more entertaining them whatever he eventually finds out. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda
Terrific collection of magazine articles, mostly about oodd people and situations, ranging from the Insane Clown Posse (which had just announced they were evangelical Christians),... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Fifteen Iguana
Have never actually read a single page of this book after buying it, because I'm a piece of s***.Published 5 months ago by suzanne m.
This was my introduction to Jon Ronson. I bought the audiobook on a whim because it was on sale for $5 and it ended up being one of the most fascinating compilations of stories... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John G
Lost at Sea is a compilation of some of Ronson's pieces of research published in articles or presented in TV segments, now modified, enlarged or updated for this book. Read more
I literally thought to myself upon finishing this book, "What did I just read?" It felt like Ronson himself was lost at sea... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tessa.
Great read. It's a collection of seemingly unrelated interviews, so the format was challenging to get used to. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CaseyVR6