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This is an auction for THE CALL OF THE WEIRD: ENCOUNTERS WITH SURVIVALISTS, PORN STARS, ALIEN KILLERS, AND IKE TURNER, by Louis Theroux.

"Ten years after hosting a BBC series on weird American subcultures, Theroux decided to write a book about how his interviewees' lives had changed. Theroux's weird Americans were UFO enthusiasts, porn stars, Aryan Nation white supremacists, brothel prostitutes, gangsta rappers, become-a-millionaire scammers, Heaven's Gate survivors and, strangely, Ike Turner. Theroux believes they use weirdness to feel "alive," and that's "more important than telling the truth." Apart from that, what they have in common, 10 years later, is their unavailability, - so Theroux settled for talking to others in their communities. Although he sometimes criticizes himself for botching things (trying unsuccessfully to attend the Millionaires seminar as the guest of a blacklisted former adherent), Theroux never criticizes his subjects."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Amazon.com review:

"No, it doesn’t get any weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade, Louis Theroux has been making television programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits the people who have intrigued him the most to try to discover what motivates them-and why they hold their bizarre beliefs. Reflecting on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws, Theroux entertainingly and unforgettably creates a moving, funny, and frightening exposé of America and its often elusive dream.”

More very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Paperback 2006.

288 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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