I’ve heard a lot about Michael Finkel’s book, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit since it first came out. That it’s the story of a man who lived alone in the woods for 27 years. That this man, Chris Knight, somehow managed to survive without speaking to anyone. That he broke into cottages to take things he needed, and managed to scare the crap out of that community because they were never able to explain the random things that went missing. But now that I’m reading The Stranger in the Woods I can say that it is so much more than just a book about a hermit. There are some incredible insights to be learned in the pages of this book. In Michael Finkel’s own words about Knight: “He had a wildly unusual idea for how to live, and he lived in a way radically different from any other human you will ever encounter, and he has an awesome and daunting brain — he is, I feel certain, a genius — and he has insights into modern society and solitude and the meaning of life that you will find nowhere else.” I’m excited to take this book with me to the cottage this weekend.
What are you reading?