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Louis Theroux’s The Call of the Weird

04 Oct
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In The Call of the Weird, Louis Theroux revisits people in various American subcultures that he covered in a BBC documentary series over 10 years ago. He reconnects and reexamines porn stars, a white supremist stage mother who’s Aryan twin daughters are recording pro-white hits, rappers, Ike Turner, who’s living in a parallel universe to keep his ego in tact, or so it seems, a Get-Rich-Quick motivator and more. Theroux relates the difficulties he has getting in touch with these folks and is genuinely surprised by those who agree to see him. He writes well and examines not only the weird people, but his equally weird relation to them all.

It’s an interesting read. I’d never have known about these folks otherwise. I liked learning about them from a safe distance.

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