March 8th, 2007


The Call of the Weird

The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures by Louis Theroux

This book was very much an impulse buy because I liked stories written by the author's father. It is an easy read, a loose collection of recaps and reunions for the author who previously interviewed unusual people for a BBC documentary series. Besides getting a glimpse into the lives of some weird people the book doesn't offer much. Louis tries to connect with the people he spends time with, and wants to help them, only they mostly don't want the kind of help he wants to offer.

I don't really want to become close friends with racists, pimps, prostitutes, porn-stars, UFO-believers, self-help/get-rich-quick scammers or anti-goverment fanatics, but I do find it interesting to learn more about what they believe and why they believe it. It seems a lot of people live their lives surrounded by lies and misinformation, and I suspect we're all susceptible to it.

My personal rating: 5 out of 10