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What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness

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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

Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 2nd 2007 by Picador (first published January 1st 2007)
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Great read, but yet another Ronson book that I feel like I've read before?! Does Ronson recycle material??

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.
David Williams
I do hope Jon Ronson is well paid for his journalism if only to compensate his wife Elaine for his indiscreet (and hilarious) revelations of the everyday bickerings and point-scoring that punctuate their marriage and parenting. The humour of course comes partly from recognizing our own marital relations in theirs.

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
James Cridland
It's okay.

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
I've decided that I'm making my book reviewing life easier by giving a book either one or five stars. this book gets one because about fifteen pages in and I was beginning to hate the writer as a neurotic Guardian reading liberal. Maybe you'll immediately relate to the neurotic world view that Ronson portrays but I didn't. However, I wonder if Ronson will read this review? What if he does and decides to look me up? He's a journalist, he will have methods of finding people. What if he attacks me...more
Like "Out of the Ordinary", about half of the content is found in his other books.
Kristina Pasko
I liked this even better than the first book of True Tales of Everyday Craziness. Jon depicts his day-to-day craziness with a lot more humor in this book and I had a number of laugh-out-loud, read-out-loud-to-my-confused-husband moments. In his essays on other people, such as the residents of North Pole, Alaska, I felt that he was just scratching the surface and I would have appreciated deeper digging, more insights, more background.
An excellent book filled with wondrous humour, wacky or not, through the daily drudgeries or merely the mundane normality.

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.
Elizabeth Lowman
I love Jon Ronson and have loved all of his books so far. I'm only giving this 3 stars as it seems to be a 'lite' version of one of his books. Still a good read though!
Robert Thomas
I really liked the first half. The second half I really liked when I read it previously in Jon Ronson's latest book Lost At Sea.
Peter Collingridge
Fun, easy to read book about Jon Ronson's life. A couple of very interesting chapters and some slightly annoying ones.
Brilliant and funny. And later, terrifying when it starts talking about NLP and stuff.
Wasn't find of part one but the rest of the book was interesting.
Journalist in funny book shocker.
Aron Grimsson
An easy and very funny read.
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Jon Ronson is a writer and documentary film maker. His books, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats were international bestsellers. The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges.

He's written the popular "Human Zoo" and "Out of the Ordinary" columns for The Guardian, where he still c...more
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