Wild Ideas Worth Living: Michael Finkel

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Michael Finkel on writing about the last true hermit and his other adventurous stories. 

Michael Finkel is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. The story chronicles a highly intelligent man that lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years without lighting a single fire, or talking to a single soul.

Michael’s wild idea: To write captivating stories about people who live on the fringes of society and do wild things.

An outdoors lover himself, who splits time between Montana and Southern France, Michael has a penchant for stories about those who live on the edges of society, and people who live with less. On assignment as a journalist for the likes of the New York Times and National Geographic, he’s skied off the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, set sail on a Haitian refugee boat, joined a cult in Colorado, been in a car that was run over by a tank in Afghanistan, and covered the last hunter-gatherer tribes. His previous book, True Story, was adapted into a 2015 major motion picture produced by Brad Pitt starring James Franco and Jonah Hill.

Listen to this episode if:

  • You want to be a writer.
  • You’ve ever thought of leaving it all behind to live alone in the woods.
  • You enjoy hearing from amazing storytellers.
  • You love stories of survival and those who can thrive with less.

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