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What makes a person abandon the world and become a hermit? Was Chris Knight merely an anti-social loner? Or does he have something important to teach us? These are some of the questions journalist Michael Finkel, who has written for National Geographic, asks in his book The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.

Hiding In Plain Sight: How A Modern Day Hermit Hid ...



In 2007, viral encephalitis burned through the brain of Lonni Sue Johnson, a musician, amateur pilot, and successful illustrator for The New Yorker. Johnson lost most of her memories as well as the ability to make new ones. Today, she lives in what journalist Michael D. Lemonick calls The Perpetual Now, the title of his book about Johnson and the new discoveries about memory that her tragedy has made possible.

Book Talk: The Amazing Story Of How An Artist’s Memory ...




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When National Geographic caught up with Schutt by phone at his home on Long Island, the author explained how, in the animal kingdom, cannibalism is extremely common; why mad cow disease and a degenerative brain condition found in the highlands of New Guinea were both caused by cannibalism; and how climate change could trigger mass cannibalism.

Cannibalism From Black Widow Spiders To Hannibal Lecter





This week, the National Park Service marks its hundredth birthday. Hailed by filmmaker Ken Burns as “America’s best idea,” there are today 59 national parks spanning every region of the country—from the mountains of Glacier National Park in Montana to the cactus forests of the Saguaro National Park in Arizona.

Book Talk Celebrates America’s National Parks




When she was four years old, Aidan Campbell made her father, James, promise that he would take her into the Alaskan wilderness someday. When she was 15, he finally did. At an early age, she had fallen under the spell of her father's stories from his first book, The Final Frontiersman, about his cousin Heimo Korth's life in the Alaskan bush. A decade later, when Korth invited him to spend a summer building a cabin in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Campbell decided to bring Aidan along. Father and daughter set off together for one of the most isolated, and magnificent, landscapes in North America.

A Father And Daughter Brave The Alaskan Wilderness