Lost at Sea (2012) The first part of this eclectic and fascinating collection is titled "The Strange Things We're Willing to Believe," but that could easily apply to the… 2012-10-30 Essays Nonfiction Riverhead Hardcover
Book Review

Lost at Sea (2012)

DOUBTFUL NOTIONS The book explores ''the strange things we're willing to believe''
DOUBTFUL NOTIONS The book explores ''the strange things we're willing to believe''
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 30, 2012; Writer: Jon Ronson; Genres: Essays, Nonfiction; Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover

The first part of this eclectic and fascinating collection is titled ''The Strange Things We're Willing to Believe,'' but that could easily apply to the whole book. Ronson seeks out people who cling tightly to doubtful notions, whether it's the faux wholesomeness of a Christmas-themed Alaskan town or pop megastar Robbie Williams' search for extraterrestrial life. Ronson treats his subjects fairly but skeptically in Lost at Sea, his view always framed by an appropriately cocked eyebrow. Still, he's less interested in the implausibilities of his subjects' beliefs than in why they hold their worldviews. A-

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Originally posted Oct 31, 2012 Published in issue #1232-1233 Nov 09, 2012 Order article reprints