By Marc Maron
By means of the writer of Attempting general and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem Syndrome is The Gospel based on Maron: a non secular memoir of your standard hyperintelligent, ultraneurotic, superhip Jewish standup comic and seeker.
The Jerusalem Syndrome is a real mental phenomenon that frequently moves viewers to the Holy Land_the fantasy that they're by surprise direct vessels for the voice of God. Marc Maron turns out to have a noticeably American model of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for non secular value and revelation within the such a lot not going of areas.
Maron riffs on Beat phenomena with its sacred texts, confirmed rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. He spends a while exploring the darkish facet of items, as his obsessions with cocaine (known to Maron as “magic powder”), conspiracy theories, and well-known self-destructive comedians persuade him that the gates of hell open underneath la. As his quest matures, he unearths the spiritual features of company the United States, pontificating at the undying great thing about the Coca-Cola brand or even taking a visit to the Philip Morris cigarette manufacturing unit, the place the employees puff their very own items with a zealot-like fervor. The fruits of Maron’s Jerusalem Syndrome comes in the course of his personal journey of the Holy Land, the place, with Sony camcorder glued to his eye socket, he comes face-to-face along with his personal ambiguous courting to Judaism and reaches the edge of non secular revelation_or is it frightened breakdown?
Marc Maron has significantly tailored and multiplied his praised one-man exhibit to craft a real literary memoir. no matter if he’s a real prophet or a neurotic mess, he’ll make you giggle as you query the which means of life.
“Marc Maron is blazingly shrewdpermanent, rapid-fire, and intensely humorous . . . an excellent and constant screed.” –David Rakoff, writer of Fraud
“Marc Maron is the 1st loopy individual I’ve ever envied. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the power to inform a narrative with a unprecedented provocative intelligence that's unfortunately shared via few.” _ Janeane Garofolo, comedian
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