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Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

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On the surface, the topics sound decidedly dark - a high-school murder plot in North Pole, Alaska, the suspected cover up of the disappearance of a Disney cruise employee who went missing off a ship, the trial of an '80s pop star accused of pedophilia.

I’ve Thought About Doing Myself in Loads of Times… A really dark exploration of family men who lose it and kill their entire families and themselves. A couple of the pieces could have used more information, one could have been cut in half, but on the whole a very enjoyable, informative read and worthy of your time. Jon goes to investigate the arrest of a group of 13-year-old North Pole boys who, after responding to Santa letters from real kids in the guise of elves, plotted to commit mass murder in their school. Perhaps it is this willingness to believe or at least try to believe that means he gets to know some of life's stranger characters. From Noel Edmonds and the devotees of Deal or No Deal to Robby Williams and the true believers of alien abduction.But Ronson's description of his own muddled feelings towards this leader does perhaps a better job of portraying the problematic dynamics one inevitably finds in groups like this than any objective reporter ever could. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. interviews Bryan Saunders, an unusual man who has devoted his life to drawing self-portraits, but who found unexpected fame on the internet after drawing himself while on a variety of drugs.

Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these compelling encounters with people on the edge of madness will have you wondering just what we're capable of. Lord Kitchener (1922 – 2000) was one of the most iconic and prolific calypso artists of the 20th century.

The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

My favourite piece in the book, "Santa's Little Conspirators", is the story of a group of 13 year old high-school students in the town of North Pole, Alaska, accused of conspiring to commit a Columbine-style massacre at their school (they were stopped before anyone was hurt).Fascinated by madness, strange behaviour and the human mind, Jon has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. Hence I'm 30% through this and thinking, "Huh, weird, he's mixing real people into this really, really bizarre science fiction story. Heartbreaking look at what happens when people fall off cruiseliners and how nobody seems to be accountable.

Despite the fact that he tells us that Gumbel has had significant criticism leveled at him, Ronson only quotes a single complaint that is clearly entirely hearsay. The humour and Jon's sly takes on the observed situations were fine at first, bringing on the odd chuckle, but began to grate on me as time went on. They include a couple of murder/suicide cases, the economic class issues in America, and the sad story of Richard Cullen who committed suicide after becoming hopelessly in debt. Usually I read Ronson on the plane while en route to some vacation destination—he makes for perfect travel reading. He's travelled to the Alaskan theme town of North Pole (where every day is Christmas Day) to investigate a high school mass-murder plot.There was no connection between the chapters other than that they were quirky slices of life: Jonathan King's trial; a famous psychic; missing girl from a cruise ship; credit debt and suicide; neural linquistic programming; the coughing major.

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