The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures

By Louis Theroux

Rating: 2 stars

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. Following on from his TV show (Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends), Theroux goes back to meet some of the people he talked to for his TV show several years on. I think the main problem I had was the people that he met: UFO nuts, porn stars, neo-nazis, cultists etc. They were weird, sometimes grotesque, sad and sometimes pathetic, but what they weren’t was sympathetic. I didn’t really feel any sympathy or anything in common at all, despite Theroux’s fondness for them (well, mostly).

It made for an interesting road trip book though.

Book details

ISBN: 9780306815034
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Year of publication: 2005

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