November 2012 - The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

This month we're reading nonfiction with The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson. Here's the Amazon blurb:

"They say one out of every hundred people is a psychopath. You probably passed one on the street today. These are people who have no empathy, who are manipulative, deceitful, charming, seductive, and delusional. The Psychopath Test is the New York Times bestselling exploration of their world and the madness industry.

When Jon Ronson is drawn into an elaborate hoax played on some of the world’s top scientists, his investigation leads him, unexpectedly, to psychopaths. He meets an influential psychologist who is convinced that many important business leaders and politicians are in fact high-flying, high-functioning psychopaths, and teaches Ronson how to spot them. Armed with these new abilities, Ronson meets a patient inside an asylum for the criminally insane who insists that he’s sane, a mere run-of-the-mill troubled youth, not a psychopath—a claim that might be only manipulation, and a sign of his psychopathy. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud, and with a legendary CEO who took joy in shutting down factories and firing people. He delves into the fascinating history of psychopathy diagnosis and treatments, from LSD-fueled days-long naked therapy sessions in prisons to attempts to understand serial killers.

Along the way, Ronson discovers that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their most insane edges. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating adventure through the minds of madness."

UPDATE: We now have a venue - St. John's Bar and Grill in Sunnyvale!  We should be able to find a quiet corner inside, or if worst comes to worst we can sit outside on the patio...so bring your jackets in case it's chilly.

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  • Amy G.

    If somebody has the Santa Clara City Library copy of this book checked out, can you pretty please return it before the library closes tomorrow (the due date) so I can pick it up? I have a hold on it, but the library will be closed Thurs/Fri and I'd like to have it to read when I'm out of town this weekend :-)

    November 20, 2012

    • Cassie M.

      Oops, that was me, Amy and I turned it in late on Saturday. Sorry I missed this message--I was out of town.

      November 27, 2012

    • Amy G.

      It's okay, I didn't have to work today so I read it all in one go... just finished!

      November 27, 2012

  • Sarah­ changed the location to St. John's Bar & Grill

    October 31, 2012

  • Sarah

    Well, let's try St. John's then! We haven't had a bar or restaurant location for a while.

    October 31, 2012

  • Janine

    The coffee shops I checked out on yelp all had closing times of 8 or so. Was just looking in Sunnyvale tho. Didn't branch out. If it gets too noisy at St. John's we can locate outside. They have a lot of tables. There's nothing going on that Tuesday night and no sports games so it should be relatively quiet. At least I think there are no games. There are a bunch of corners that we can tuck ourselves into but it's not one of those so loud we have to yell places.

    October 31, 2012

  • Dane O.

    I would be all for trying St. Johns. I've driven past it plenty of times, but never been. If it's a coffee shop, I'm not picky.

    October 31, 2012

  • Sarah

    I think we'd better shoot for a place that's open until 9 pm at least. St. John's is pretty fun - it can get a little loud when it's busy (like at lunchtime on Saturdays when all the burgers are half-price), but I don't know what it's like on a weekday evening. Merit looks like it's right in that same area on the Lawrence Expressway. Or for coffee shops, anyone know anything about Cafe LaTTea in Cupertino? http://www.yelp.com/biz/cafe-lattea-cupertino It's what I found when looking for coffee shops we haven't been to yet that stay open late on Stevens Creek.

    Okay, probably I should go back to doing work now...

    October 31, 2012

  • Amy G.

    Looks like there are a few coffeeshops along Stevens Creek with good reviews that we haven't been to yet. There's also Merit in Sunnyvale (good vegan Vietnamese food).

    October 31, 2012

  • Janine

    So there's a Peet's coffee on El Camino Murphy that's open until 9pm. There's also the Bean Scene very close by but only open until 8pm. Or we can go St. John's in sunnyvale for burgers and beers. I don't remember it being extremely loud but they have an outside patio area. I'll post again if I can think of anything else.

    October 31, 2012

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