Jon Ronson: Frank, superheroes, and “the worst swear word ever”

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Last night in a packed Liberty Hall, Jon Ronson was a delight, and as well as reading from The Psychopath Test, Lost at Sea and earlier work, Jon previewed some writing from his new book, which, among other things, will explore the fear of humiliation, and how that can be wielded by those seeking to assert power in perhaps less-obvious ways.

We also found out that the person Jon would most like to interview at present is David Bowie, and how progress is  coming on the forthcoming film Frank, directed by Lenny Abrahmson (it should be finished by the end of the year). It was a warm, entertaining, and funny evening, and the Q&A chaired by Kevin Gildea reminded me of how invested people are in Jon’s work; we are with him on each of his adventures, identifying with his enthusiasm, guilt, madness and frailty, whether fighting crime with “real life superhero” Phoenix Jones in Seattle, or handling the delicate situation of when your son asks you what the “worst swear word ever” is, for those that aren’t sure, it’s……”limone”.

(SK) 

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