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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marc Maron Narrator: Marc Maron Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9780385366335
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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 and seeker. 

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 breakdown?

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Marc Maron is blazingly smart, rapid-fire, and very funny…A brilliant and relentless screed.”

    David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Fraud

  • “If a book promises to take me on a spiritual journey, you’d think I’d go with some lily-livered sap from the self-help aisle? Nope, the only seeker I’d trust is wisecracking, chain-smoking comedian Mark Maron.”

    Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author of The Cannoli

  • “[A] picaresque adventure.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Maron is compelling.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A bright light in the ‘alternative’ branch of standup comedy.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Marc Maron is the first crazy person I’ve ever envied. In his brainiac-memoir-meets-hilarious-travelogue, he demonstrates the ability to tell a story with an extraordinary provocative intelligence that is regrettably shared by few.”

    Janeane Garofolo, comedian

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About the Author
Marc Maron is a stand-up comedian and host of the podcast WTF with Marc Maron. He has appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO, and his sitcom Maron airs on IFC. He lives in Los Angeles.