ED2011 Book Reviews

Jon Ronson – Are The Corridors Of Power Packed With Psychopaths?

By | Published on Tuesday 30 August 2011

Since his book ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’ became a top-grossing Hollywood blockbuster starring George Clooney and Ewan McGregor, Jon Ronson has been hot property. The queue for this event, which stretches right the way around Charlotte Square’s wooden boardwalk, attests to this, as does the excitable buzz that greets his entrance on stage. Ronson himself is a candid, engaging – if easily distracted – speaker: often a phrase or sentence will have him drifting off on a tangent. Once or twice he begins to read extracts from the book he is here to discuss, ‘The Psychopath Test’, but after a paragraph or two he closes it and instead gives us glimpses of situations that never made it into print. Wonderful.

RBS Main Theatre, 24 Aug, 4.30pm (5.30pm), £8.00 – £10.00, eibfpp40.