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With Jon Ronson (Podcaster @ The Butterfly Effect & The Last Days of August & Author @ Lost at Sea & The Men Who Stare At Goats).
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 06:00 PM   $28
Company HQ, 335 Madison Ave

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Jon will recount his recent adventures in the adult film world - based on his hit podcasts The Butterfly Effect & The Last Days of August. It's a mysterious, funny, sad tale about the adult film industry, innovation, tech, kindness, violence, bad thoughts, call-out-culture, & the wonders of remaining curious. There will be never before heard stories & audio, coupled with some (PG rated) bespoke clips.

Company Conversations with Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson's nonfiction books include So You've Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea & The Men Who Stare At Goats. They have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, & his two TED talks have been watched 20 million times.

Jon's original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, & Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. Okja competed for the Palm D'Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. For Frank, Jon & Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards. Jon also wrote the short ebook Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie.

The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney.

In the US Jon is a regular contributor to This American Life, the New York Times magazine & GQ magazine, & has appeared many times as a guest on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Conan, Craig Ferguson, & Inside Amy Schumer.

His most recent published work consists of two Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect & The Last Days of August. The Butterfly Effect was released in July 2017 & went straight to Number One in the US & UK audiobook charts. It remained at the top of the US audiobook charts for two months. The Last Days of August was released in January 2019 & immediately became the number one bestselling nonfiction audiobook in the US.

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane & the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.

Simultaneously powerful & hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - & the very scary part we all play in it.

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