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Lost At Sea by Jon Ronson
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it was amazing
bookshelves: audio, british, essays, pbrbookclub, weirdos, hilarity, non-fiction

There are two kinds of readers: those who are devoted Jon Ronson fangirls-and-boys, and those who haven’t heard of Jon Ronson yet. Friends, I present Jon Ronson: a bespectacled British journalist who writes thoughtful long-form journalism about quirky fringe phenomena like telepathy, aliens, and psychopaths. He was first introduced to an American audience on the radio show This American Life, and he’s got a knack for the sort of stuff that makes fans of that show swoon — sniffing out the peculiar in everyday life, getting to the heart with equal parts empathy and wit, and drawing wry conclusions about modern life. Lost at Sea is his collection of haunting and hilarious shorter pieces from the past decade, including stories about Insane Clown Posse, James Bond, Stanley Kubrick, robots, and too many other bizarre and wonderful things to name. Ronson is a fabulous narrator of his own work, and my like for Lost at Sea blossomed into full-blown love when I switched from the print to the audio.

Footnote: the audio is worth it simply for the pleasure of hearing Jon Ronson read Insane Clown Posse lyrics in a dry British accent, and the chapters were the perfect length for commuting and exercise stints.

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Reading Progress

November 16, 2012 – Shelved
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: weirdos
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: audio
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: british
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: essays
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: pbrbookclub
December 31, 2012 – Shelved as: hilarity
Started Reading
January 3, 2013 – Finished Reading
January 22, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction

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