Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Ronson, Jon
Riverhead 2012
ISBN 978-1-59463-137-5
400pp
Date finished: 2013-02-28

Collects some of Ronson's journalism from the Guardian and one piece from GQ. Ronson's topic is mostly people and their oddities, and they're intriguing. He explores Stanley Kubrick's archives, goes on a cruise for fans of psychic Sylvia Browne, interviews the hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, follows the pedophilia trial of record producer Jonathan King (part of the 1960s BBC rock scene that also included Jimmy Savile), and a variety of other subjects. Two of the best pieces are on financial matters: "Who Killed Richard Cullen?" explores the predatory credit industry by creating multiple pseudonyms, signing them up for different magazines and services, and then noticing which pseudonym gets all the credit card request. (No surprise: it's the persona Ronson describes as "a gullible sex maniac".) In "Amber Waves of Green", he interviews 6 Americans earning different amounts, starting at minimum wage and going up by a factor of 5 at each level.

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%P 400pp
%D 2012
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