Jon Ronson is the skeptical author who brought us THEM, a book that’s been on my MUST READ list for some time now. He’s also responsible for a book I hadn’t heard of until now called The Men Who Stare At Goats.
he Men Who Stare at Goats is his bizarre quest into “the most whacked-out corners of George W. Bush’s War on Terror,” as he puts it. Ronson is inspired when a man who claims to be a former U.S. military psychic spy tells the journalist he has been reactivated following the 9-11 attack. Ronson decides to investigate. His research leads him to the U.S. Army’s strange forays into extra-sensory perception and telepathy, which apparently included efforts to kill barnyard animals with nothing more than thought. Ronson meets one ex-Army employee who claims to have killed a goat and his pet hamster by staring at them for prolonged periods of time.
Well, now it’s being made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney. And it looks AWESOME!
Very Coen Brothers-esque. I can’t wait.