Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Reading Response Week 9: Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is probably one of my favorite writers of all time.  Ronson writes mostly profiles on people from Stanley Kubrik (post-mortem) to a man who thought he was a superhero.  My favorite part about his writing style is that he is able to write from his point of view in a way that it makes it easier to connect with the person he is profiling.  I think he is a real master at creating character in a very short amount of time and I appreciate that he is very open about his anxieties while reporting!  Ronson ends up in a lot of very dangerous situations, with a drug dealer for example, because when he does his reporting he goes all in, which is very inspiring.

This is a piece about Rebecca Coriam, a girl who "got lost" while on a Disney Cruise in 2011.  It's a bit lengthy so don't feel like you have to read all of it.  If you do like his work, check out "The Psychopath Test" and/or "Lost at Sea" for more.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on his use of the I character.  Do you think it works or is it distracting?  Hope you enjoy!


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