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My Interview with Jon Ronson

November 26, 2012|Stephen Markley

I recently interviewed author Jon Ronson for The Rumpus. I'll I'm saying is he's been on "The Daily Show" twice, so it's not not a big deal. You can read the full interview here.

Below is a quick excerpt from the introduction:

Jon Ronson’s bestselling nonfiction works include The Psychopath TestThem: Adventures with Extremists, andThe Men Who Stare at Goats, which is the only one of his books to become a film starring George Clooney (so far).

The Welsh-born writer began with a column in Time Out, before getting the opportunity to film a series for the BBC2 called The Ronson Mission—of which he is not particularly proud. The series did lead him into filmmaking, however, culminating in a documentary called Tottenham Ayatollah, about the Islamic militant, Omar Bakri Mohammed. The experience formed the basis of his first bestseller, Them. Ronson went on to become a kind of a latter-day gonzo journalist and filmmaker, writing and producing for the likes of The Guardian, This American Life, and even giving his own TED talk that’s basically a primer on how to spot a psychopath.

His latest is Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries. An anthology of a decade’s worth of experience and adventure documenting the “dark, uncanny sides of humanity,” Lost at Seaoffers profile after profile of the strange, unnerving, and occasionally preposterous things we are willing—and sometimes are all too eager—to believe. Through twenty-two often hilarious, occasionally chilling, and always surprising pieces, Ronson investigates some of the strangest corners of our hopes, fears, prejudices, and most fervent desires.

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