My Reading List
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson
I've always been interested in psychology, as well as having a morbid curiosity for serial killers and times when psychology takes an unexpected turn. So suffice it to say, the concept of this book (that psychopaths are all around us, and that psychopathy doesn't automatically make a person a monster) was intriguing to me. It was an intensely interesting book which I would suggest to anyone that is intrigued by the subject matter, and I've really come to like Jon Ronson. I'll be reading some more of his stuff soon.
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach
Mary Roach has an infectious voice and she has a great way of playing around with pseudoscience (or scientifically taboo subjects at the very least) and giving them a fair shake without dismissing them out of hand. I know many who would balk at the idea of mixing science with metaphysical and rule out any discussion on the matter. While I take it with a grain of salt, I think there is valuable and stimulating conversation to be had from discussing the intersection of science, belief, and spirituality, and apparently so is Roach, even while having a healthy level of skepticism for the claims she researches and investigates, which adds a great perspective to the conversation.
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Told you I'd be diving into the prolific works of Jon Ronson soon! Up next, I'll be reading this one, which has been waiting on my shelf for some time now. It tackles the subject of mob justice on the internet, and the tendency for internet outrage to spill into the real world in frightening ways. It's one thing for a large corporation, a celebrity, or a politician to raise the considerable ire of the crowd, but quite another for a collective body of outraged internetters to commit themselves to literally ruining the life of an average citizen (calling employers insisting they lose their job, finding and publishing their home address, and even sending death threats) all over an off-color or poor-taste remark. On the outset, I see this is an intriguing, and dare-I-say, important read.