What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness
In "What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness," the second volume of Jon Ronson's collected Guardian journalism, he hilariously demonstrates how our everyday lives are determined by the craziest thoughts and obsessions; how we spend our time believing in and getting worked up by complete nonsense. But also, as he chillingly demonstrates, there are clever people wor...more
Once again, his shorter, more personal pieces don't show him in the best light -- but the longer pieces in the second half of the book are exceptional. The essay "Who Killed Richard Cullen?" is heartbreaking.
This collection, like the earlier 'Out of the Ordinary' has plenty of such domestic scenes, making the purchase worthy in itself, but we also have Ronson's brief and fascinating immersi...more
It's a collection of stuff from The Guardian, basically - like other of Ronson's books, though this one is less connected.
Ronson's rather embarrassing personal revelations make up half the book (made more embarrassing by the fact that I identified with almost all his 'odd' behaviour). The second half of the book consists of a few longer-form articles, culled from the pages of Guardian magazines.
One piece, about credit card hucksters, makes Ronson appear like a consumer affairs jounalis...more
Also, a great insight to which how Credit Card Databases choose the alluringly stupid crowd to target upon their junk mails.
It ends off with an intersting perspicacity of what NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) actually really does to manipulate a human mind.
He's written the popular "Human Zoo" and "Out of the Ordinary" columns for The Guardian, where he still c...more