Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Call of the Weird

Louis Theroux starts this book off with a disclaimer about how he doesn't want it to be another tour of "weird America." I'm no connoisseur of the genre, but it seems to me like a pretty good description of this book. Theroux tours the country (mostly the west) revisiting people that he had interviewed for a BBC documentary series a few years ago. He's an interesting writer with an engaging style, and the subject he picks are varied and definitely weird. White supremacists, male porn stars, alien conspiracy theorists and gangster rappers are a few of the people he catches up with. I really like his descriptions of his interviews and thoughts about how these people have aged with their beliefs.

Book 69

1 comment:

SnowLeopard said...

That's something I've often wondered about- how people's beliefs change over time and how it affects those around them. How my own have changed, and how different my life is now than it was even just a few years ago. Sounds a little melancholy, doesn't it?