For this winter’s second installment of Utopia / Dystopia, an ongoing series co-presented with Morbid Anatomy, we explore the Bohemian Grove. 20 years ago, the writer Jon Ronson star-spotted the famous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Together they infiltrated Bohemian Grove, the secretive elitist summer camp in the forests of Northern California where the ruling elite were long rumored among conspiracy theorists to hold mock human sacrifices. Well, Ronson and Jones managed to get in, and Ronson will be here to tell of what he found. Ronson will also reflect on his mutating feelings about Alex Jones, now Alex’s conspiratorial and xenophobic nonsense has gained political currency.
Jon Ronson‘s nonfiction books include ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’, ‘The Psychopath Test’, ‘Them: Adventures with Extremists’, ‘Lost at Sea’ and ‘The Men Who Stare At Goats’. All have been international and/or New York Times bestsellers.
‘The Psychopath Test’ spent two years on the UK bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages, and his two TED talks have been watched 15 million times. Jon’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original ‘Okja’, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. ‘Okja’ was selected to compete for the Palm D’Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. For
Frank, Jon and Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards. ‘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 and ‘GQ’ magazine, and has appeared many times as a guest on shows like ‘The Daily Show’ with Jon Stewart, ‘The New Yorker Radio Hour’, ‘Conan’, ‘Craig Ferguson’, and ‘Inside Amy Schumer’. In the UK Jon writes regularly for ‘The Guardian’. His many UK documentaries include Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Boxes’, ‘The Secret Rulers of the World’, and seven seasons of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Jon Ronson On…’
His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, ‘The Butterfly Effect’. It was released in July 2017 and went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts. He lives in New York City.