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.