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The article explores the author's fascination with literature and cryptozoology, specifically with Bigfoot. The author discusses their early obsession with literature, including horror novels and classics, and their later interest in cryptids and creatures like Bigfoot. The author mentions their favorite cryptid as Bigfoot and their desire to learn more about it and the people who believe in it. The article then introduces a journalist who spent a year traveling and researching Bigfoot, interviewing both believers and skeptics. The journalist's research includes psychologists, scientists, and a dive into various topics such as history and philosophy.
My obsession with literature exploded in my early teens... the most scrutinized pieces of footage in history).
The article highlights two main elements that make the journalist's book a fantastic read. The first is the journalist's voice, described as knowledgeable, funny, and well-read. The article suggests that the book is not just a transcription of interviews but also includes research and interviews with experts. The second element is the breadth of topics covered in the book, ranging from history and philosophy to politics and memory. Overall, the article concludes that the book is a highly compelling and interesting nonfiction read that explores the world of Bigfoot and its believers and skeptics.
O'Connor, a journalist and self-diagnosed skeptic... read this year.