Lost at Sea

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101612428
Release Date: 2012-10-30
Genre: Social Science

The New York Times–bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson writes about the dark, uncanny sides of humanity with clarity and humor. Lost at Sea reveals how deep our collective craziness lies, even in the most mundane circumstances. Ronson investigates the strange things we’re willing to believe in, from lifelike robots programmed with our loved ones’ personalities to indigo children to hypersuccessful spiritual healers to the Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo fans. He looks at ordinary lives that take on extraordinary perspectives, for instance a pop singer whose life’s greatest passion is the coming alien invasion, and the scientist designated to greet those aliens when they arrive. Ronson throws himself into the stories—in a tour de force piece, he splits himself into multiple Ronsons (Happy, Paul, and Titch, among others) to get to the bottom of credit card companies’ predatory tactics and the murky, fabulously wealthy companies behind those tactics. Amateur nuclear physicists, assisted-suicide practitioners, the town of North Pole, Alaska’s Christmas-induced high school mass-murder plot: Ronson explores all these tales with a sense of higher purpose and universality, and suddenly, mid-read, they are stories not about the fringe of society or about people far removed from our own experience, but about all of us. Incisive and hilarious, poignant and maddening, revealing and disturbing—Ronson writes about our modern world, the foibles of contemporary culture, and the chaos that lies at the edge of our daily lives.

The Psychopath Test

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447202509
Release Date: 2011-06-03
Genre: Humor

What if society wasn't fundamentally rational, but was motivated by insanity? This thought sets Jon Ronson on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. Along the way, Jon meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, including the influential psychologist who developed the Psychopath Test, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. A skill which seemingly reveals that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . . Combining Jon Ronson's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision, The Psychopath Test is both entertaining and honest, unearthing dangerous truths and asking serious questions about how we define normality in a world where we are increasingly judged by our maddest edges.

Jon Ronson s Adventures With Extraordinary People

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447219637
Release Date: 2012-12-06
Genre: Humor

Jon Ronson's Adventures With Extraordinary People collects together in a single volume three of Jon Ronson's bestselling titles, Them, The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test. Them charts Jon's discovery that extremists - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - all have one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. And so Jon sets out to locate that room. Chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, Jon's journey is creepy as well as comic, and perhaps the extremists are on to something . . . The Men Who Stare at Goats tells the unbelievable story of the First Earth Battalion, established by the US Army in 1979 as a secret unit, they defied all known military practice, and even the laws of physics, in their belief that a soldier could become invisible, pass through walls and kill goats just by staring at them. And, as Jon discovers, they really weren't joking. The Psychopath Test sees Jon set out on an utterly compelling adventure into the world of madness. He meets psychopaths, those whose lives have been touched by madness and those whose job it is to diagnose it, from whom Jon learns the art of psychopath-spotting. And it soon becomes clear that madness could indeed be at the heart of everything . . . Often funny, sometimes chilling and always thought-provoking, these books combine Jon's trademark humour, charm and investigative incision whilst asking some very serious questions. 'The belly laughs come thick and fast - my God, he is funny' Observer

Out of the Ordinary

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330524032
Release Date: 2011-02-23
Genre: Humor

Jon Ronson’s subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by twelve-foot lizard-men. In Out of the Ordinary, a collection of his journalism from the Guardian, he turns his attention to irrational beliefs much closer to home, investigating the ways in which we sometimes manage to convince ourselves that all manner of lunacy makes perfect sense – mainstream, domestic, ordinary insanity. Whether he finds himself promising his son that he will be at his side for ever, dressed in a Santa costume, or trying to understand why hundreds of apparently normal people would suddenly start speaking in tongues in a Scout hut in Kidderminster, he demonstrates repeatedly how we all succumb to deeply irrational beliefs that grow to inform our everyday existence. Out of the Ordinary is Jon Ronson at his inimitable best: hilarious, thought-provoking and with an unerring eye for human frailty – not least his own. Praise for The Men Who Stare at Goats: ‘Not only a narcotic road trip through the wackier reaches of Bush’s war effort, but also an unmissable account of some of the insanity that has lately been done in our names’ Observer Praise for Them: Adventures with Extremists: ‘A funny and compulsively readable picaresque adventure through a paranoid shadow world’ Louis Theroux, Guardian

Frank

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780698155572
Release Date: 2014-01-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test comes a characteristically humorous story of a musician on the margins. In Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Jon Ronson reflects on his days playing keyboard for the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank Sidebottom, best known for performing with a big fake head with a cartoon face painted on it, was a cult favorite in the United Kingdom and is the subject of the new movie Frank, co-written by Ronson and starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson.

Frank The True Story that Inspired the Movie

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447265436
Release Date: 2014-01-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner circle knew his true identity. This became the subject of feverish speculation during his zenith years. Together, they rode relatively high. Then it all went wrong. Twenty-five years later and Jon has co-written a movie, Frank, inspired by his time in this great and bizarre band. Frank premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won many prizes, including Best Screenplay (for Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan) at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards; it starred Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, and was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. Jon Ronson's Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie is a memoir of funny, sad times and a tribute to outsider artists too wonderfully strange to ever make it in the mainstream. It tells the true story behind the fictionalized movie.

So You ve Been Publicly Shamed

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509829453
Release Date: 2015-12-31
Genre: Psychology

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

Them Adventures with Extremists

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781447275473
Release Date: 2014-12-15
Genre: Humor

With an introduction by Russell Brand What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? My worryingly paradoxical thought process could be summarized thus: Thank God I don't believe in the secret rulers of the world. Imagine what the secret rulers of the world might do to me if I did. What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? In Them Jon Ronson sets out to find this room, with the help of the extremists - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - that believe in it. Along the way, he is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and witnesses international CEOs and politicians participate in a bizarre pagan ritual in the forests of northern California. A Sunday Times bestseller and the book that launched Jon Ronson's inimitable career, Them is an eye-opening, outrageously funny exploration of extremism, which makes both author and reader think twice about the looking-glass world of 'us' and 'them' . . .

What I Do

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330481038
Release Date: 2008-09-04
Genre: Humor

In part one, read about the time Jon inadvertently made a lewd gesture to a passing fourteen-year-old girl late at night in the lobby of a country-house hotel. And about his burgeoning obsession with a new neighbour who refused to ask him what he did for a living, despite Jon's constant dropping of intriguing hints. And about the embarrassment of being caught recycling small talk at a party. In part two, read some of Jon's longer stories, which explore manifestations of insanity in the wider world: the tiny town of North Pole, Alaska, where it's Christmas 365 days of the year; behind the scenes at Deal or No Deal, which Jon likens to a cult with Noel Edmonds as its high priest; a meeting with TV hypnotist Paul McKenna, who has joined forces with a self-help guru who once stood trial for murder - but can they cure Jon of his one big phobia? As hilarious as it is perturbing, Jon Ronson's What I Do is a treat for everyone who has ever suspected themselves to be at the mercy of forces they can barely comprehend.

The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones

Author: Jon Ronson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101568316
Release Date: 2011-11-22
Genre: Social Science

Bestselling author Jon Ronson walks the mean streets of America where he finds real life, modern day superheroes. Fighting crime, saving old ladies, and chasing away drug dealers – all while wearing a mask and a cape. Phoenix Jones patrols Seattle, masked, muscles rippling, while corner boys scatter and teenage runaways are helped, whether they want it or not. He might still see his pediatrician when superhero-ing gets a little too intense, but he’ll be back out there with his ass-kicking comrades as soon as he’s bandaged up. These do-gooding citizens talk the talk, and walk the walk of mythical superheroes – the only thing they're missing is actual supernatural powers. The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones is an inside, intimate look at the world of amateur superheroes and a front row seat to their adventures.

berfluss

Author: Peter H. Diamandis
Publisher: Plassen Verlag
ISBN: 9783864700736
Release Date: 2012-11-30
Genre: Nature

Seit Beginn der Menschheit klafft zwischen Arm und Reich eine scheinbar unüberwindbare Kluft. Einige wenige leben privilegiert, die Masse strampelt sich ab für das Nötigste. In ihrem Buch "Überfluss" belegen Dr. Peter Diamandis und Steven Kotler, dass sich diese Kluft rasant zu schließen beginnt. Sie dokumentieren, wie uns der Fortschritt durch künstliche Intelligenz, Computertechnik, Nanomaterialen, synthetische Biologie und andere exponentiell wachsende Technologien in den nächsten 20 Jahren weiter bringen wird, als es in den letzten zweihundert Jahren der Fall war. Denn gelingt es uns, die bereits vorhandenen Neuerungen sinnvoll einzusetzen, werden wir bald die Grundbedürfnisse jedes Menschen auf unserem Planeten stillen können. In allen Bereichen dieser Grundbedürfnisse wie Wasser, Nahrung, Energie, Gesundheitsvorsorge, Erziehung und Freiheit stellen uns die Autoren dutzende von Erfindern und Unternehmenslenkern vor, die auf ihrem jeweiligen Gebiet bereits Quantensprünge vorweisen können und belegen dies durch umfassendes Informationsmaterial, Grafiken und Charts. Dieses Buch ist ein heilsames Gegenmittel für den vorherrschenden Pessimismus und zeigt uns, dass wir allen Grund haben, zuversichtlich in die Zukunft zu blicken.

Zilly im Winter

Author: Valerie Thomas
Publisher:
ISBN: 3407770502
Release Date: 2003
Genre:

Zilly, die Zauberin, und ihr schwarzer Kater Zingaro haben den Winter satt. Im Garten liegt hoher Schnee, der Teich ist zugefroren, überall hänge Eiszapfen. Und es ist schrecklich kalt, brrr! Da findet Zilly in ihrem dicken alten Buch einen phantastischen Zauberspruch ... Abrakadabra!

Das kleine Buch vom achtsamen Leben

Author: Patrizia Collard
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 9783641190293
Release Date: 2016-08-08
Genre: Self-Help

Wie schön wäre es, einfach ganz entspannt im Hier und Jetzt zu leben. Das endlose Gedankenkarussell für einen Moment anzuhalten und der Hektik des Alltags zu entkommen. Dafür müssen Sie nicht stundenlang auf dem Meditationskissen sitzen: Die einfachen Achtsamkeitsübungen in diesem Buch führen Sie in Minutenschnelle zu innerer Klarheit, Gelassenheit und Ruhe. Probieren Sie es aus – gönnen Sie sich kleine Auszeiten, die den Tag entschleunigen und den Kopf freimachen.