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»Reading A Curious Man, it’s easy to see the hunger into which Ripley tapped still raging. In his conclusion, Thompson notes that Ripley’s “burning ghats in India, shrunken heads in Ecuador” would likely seem tame today alongside the excesses available on reality TV shows like Fear Factor and Bizarre World.

Megan Abbott

Author Megan Abbott about the biography A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley by Neal Thompson. Her review at Los Angeles Review of Books.