By Louis Theroux
For ten years Louis Theroux has been making programmes approximately off-beat characters at the fringes folks society. Now he revisits the United States and the folks who've so much interested him to attempt to find what motivates them, why they suspect the issues they suspect, and to determine what has occurred to them because he final observed them. alongside the way in which Louis thinks approximately what drives him to spend a lot time between bizarre humans, and considers even if he's realized whatever approximately himself during ten years operating with them. Has he manipulated the folks he's interviewed, or have they manipulated him? From his Las Vegas base, Louis revisits the various dreamers and outlaws who've been his television feeding floor. trying to comprehend a bit approximately himself and the workings of his personal brain, Louis considers questions equivalent to: what's the distinction among pathology and 'normal' weirdness? Is there whatever rather bizarre approximately americans? What does it suggest to be bizarre, or 'to be yourself'? And can we pick out our ideals or do our ideals decide upon us?
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