The Call of the Weird

The Call of the Weird : Travels in American Subcultures

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For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them. Along the way Louis thinks about what drives him to spend so much time among weird people, and considers whether he's learned anything about himself in the course of ten years working with them. Has he manipulated the people he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the assorted dreamers and outlaws who have been his TV feeding ground. Attempting to understand a little about himself and the workings of his own mind, Louis considers questions such as: What is the difference between pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there something particularly weird about Americans? What does it mean to be weird, or 'to be yourself'? And do we choose our beliefs or do our beliefs choose us?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 19mm | 217g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 0330435701
  • 9780330435703
  • 12,461

Table of contents

Introduction - 1: Prologue

Chapter - 1: Thor Templar
Chapter - 2: JJ Michaels
Chapter - 3: Ike Turner
Chapter - 4: Mike Cain
Chapter - 5: Hayley
Chapter - 6: Jerry Gruidl
Chapter - 7: Mello T
Chapter - 8: Oscody
Chapter - 9: Marshall Sylver
Chapter - 10: April, Lamb and Lynx

Unit - Epilogue : 1
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About Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux went to America after graduating from Oxford University, where he wrote for satirical magazine Spy. After working on Michael Moore's 'TV Nation', Louis hosted his own show, 'Weird Weekends' for the BBC. He followed this with the hugely popular series 'Louis meets...' in which he spent time with, amongst others, Jimmy Savile, Neil and Christine Hamilton, and Chris Eubank. This is Louis' first book.
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