By the author of Attempting
Normal and host of the podcast WTF
with Marc Maron, The Jerusalem
Syndrome is the gospel according to Maron: a spiritual memoir of your
average hyper-intelligent, ultra-neurotic, super-hip Jewish standup comedian
The Jerusalem Syndrome is
a genuine psychological phenomenon that often strikes visitors to the Holy
Land—the delusion that they are suddenly direct vessels for the voice of God.
Marc Maron seems to have a distinctly American version of the Jerusalem syndrome,
which has led him on a lifelong quest for religious significance and revelation
in the most unlikely of places.
Maron riffs on Beat phenomena with its sacred
texts, established rituals, and prescribed pilgrimages. He spends some time
exploring the dark side of things, as his obsessions with cocaine (known to
Maron as “magic powder”), conspiracy theories, and famous self-destructive
comedians who convince him that the gates of hell open beneath Los Angeles. As
his quest matures, he reveals the religious aspects of corporate America,
pontificating on the timeless beauty of the Coca-Cola logo, and even taking a
trip to the Philip Morris cigarette factory, where the workers puff their own
products with a zealot-like fervor. The culmination of Maron’s Jerusalem syndrome
comes during his own tour of the Holy Land, where, with a Sony camcorder glued
to his eye socket, he comes face-to-face with his own ambiguous relationship to
Judaism and reaches the brink of spiritual revelation—or is it nervous
Marc Maron has considerably adapted and expanded his praised one-man
show to craft a genuine literary memoir. Whether he’s a genuine prophet or a
neurotic mess, he’ll make you laugh as you question the meaning of life.
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