Post by audrey notwhatsheusedtobe on Aug 16, 2004 11:31:57 GMT
Frank Sidebottom's sometime keyboard player, Jon Ronson, is doing a bookish chit chat thing about extremism with Nick Ryan at the Edinburgh book festival tomorrow (Tues 17, 5pm).
Jon is completely top, you'll have seen his documentaries about various bizarre topics such as Jonathon King and David Ike and he pops up in the Guardian quite a bit. I do hope we hear a bit about Jon's new book 'Men Who Stare at Goats'. Woo!
Ah, I looove Jon Ronson. I've been to one of his book talky things before and it was great, he rocks. Although he chatted up some of his adoring fans (he was on TV at the time) which I do not approve of. But there you go. Looking forward to the new book anyway, give us all the details, please.
Post by audrey notwhatsheusedtobe on Aug 18, 2004 10:15:34 GMT
I don't really like his voice - It works better in print.
I am in love with his voice, I know not why.
The actual discussion bit of the event was slightly ruined by the presence of Nick Ryan ("Who?" - the entire planet and rightly so). He totally didn't know when to shut up and read loads of really obvious and boring stuff from his book, which reaches the startling conclusion that Combat 18 are rubbish. It was also a bit disappointing that there was nowt at all about Ronson's new book. THEM is great, but it came out in 2001 man!
Laughably, the pompous Nick Ryan arse felt the need to further humiliate himself by trying to patronise The Ronson "I read your book at the weekend and *FLUSTERED SURPRISED EXPRESSION* I actually liked it!" and "Can I just stop you there Jon, does everyone here know what Lone Wolfism is yeah?"
Ronson isn't that shy, he was pretty funny and really cool at talking with the audience. He's also very good at the old book-signing chit chat, he's a bit of a charmer really. I meant to ask about Frank Sidebottom, but instead we had a sensible chat about the American edition of THEM which rapidly descended into me fawning all over his greatness then grabbing my book back and giggling off into the rain. Interestingly, the queue for Nick Ryan was rather non-existent.
Not any more! Though to be fair, maybe he was drunk.
More likely me and my work chums were drunk and scarey.
What I suppose I mean't was that it was a surprise to me when his career grew. I couldn't really say I knew him (I knew his wife better), he was just one of the faces around a few years back. I suppose it's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for.
He was always a nice guy, unlike Louis Theroux (who's on a similar wave length) who despite some ace TV can come across as an arrogant twat.