The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures

Louis Theroux (Author)


No, it doesn't get any weirder than this: Thor Templar, Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate, who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April, the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (A.K.A. Prussian Blue, a white-power folk group for kids) and her youngest daughter, Dresden. For a decade, Louis Theroux has been making acclaimed television programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have intrigued him the most to try to discover what motivates them-and why they hold their bizarre beliefs. Reflecting on these assorted dreamers, schemers, and outlaws, Theroux entertainingly and unforgettably creates "a moving, funny, and frightening exposé of America and its often elusive dream" (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC).

Product Details

Da Capo Press
Publish Date
May 27, 2008
5.61 X 0.65 X 8.76 inches | 0.78 pounds
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About the Author

Louis Theroux has written for Spy, worked on Michael Moore's Emmy-winning TV Nation, and hosted his own award-winning television series Weird Weekends and When Louis Met . . . This is his first book He lives in London.


"Paul Theroux's son writes with just as clear an eye for character and place as his father.... And he's funny.... Theroux's final analysis of American weirdness is true and new."
"Deseret News," 5/30/08
"If you're after weird, this is the right book."
"Tucson Citizen," 6/5/08
"Is there something particularly weird about Americans? Louis Theroux, the king of offbeat documentaries, searches for the answer while mixing it up with an assortment of some of our more colorful natives."
Curled Up with a Good Book, 8/08
"It's a fun read, but even more so, it's an interesting one. You'll have trouble putting it down...Theroux presents the humanity in his subjects without necessarily sympathizing with them, walking the fine line between their extreme views and the normalcy of everyday life... Alternately funny and disturbing...An excellent read."