In this episode of Wine, Women, and Revolution, Heather interviews author Michael Finkel. Michael is best known for his book True Story which was made into a movie with Jonah Hill and James Franco. Michael and Heather discuss his new book “The Stranger in the Woods”. It is the story of a man who walked away from society to live alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years. The Hermit, as he was called, stole what he needed to survive and lived a life on his own terms. Loved by some and hated by others, The Hermit became almost a local legend in the town he lived near. In times like we live, its easy to understand the urge for escapism.
Most of us came to know of Michael Finkel because of Jonah Hill. Jonah portrayed Michael in the movie “True Story”. The movie was based on a book of the same name. A man who murdered his family stole Michael’s identity and moved to Mexico. That began a strange cat and mouse story relationship between Michael and this murderer. This bizarre relationship made for a compelling book and movie.
The Stranger In The Woods
Michael Finkel joins Heather all the way from France to discuss his new book “The Stranger In The Woods”. It tells the story of Chris Knight. Chris was a young man who walked away from “normal” society to live alone the woods of Maine. Chris, or The Hermit” as he was known truly encompassed what it means to be “Alone in the Woods”. He didn’t talk to anyone else in his time in the woods. This was not some weekend excursion, he lived alone for 27 years. Chris stole what he needed to live from nearby vacation homes. This led to locals either loving or hating him. Perhaps a strange mix of both, as he grew into a local legend. Chris Knight was arrested for stealing some hamburger meat after 27 years of isolation. During his time in jail, he corresponded with the author Michael Finkel.
Would this have been a story that would have been better if it were never told? Michael and Heather discuss that along with how society views those who don’t quite fit in. Its a fascinating conversation and an extremely entertaining book.