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Michael Finkel

8 articles

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

Meeting Christopher Thomas Knight, a.k.a. the North Pond Hermit, who lived alone in the Maine woods for nearly 30 years.


First Australians

An Aboriginal community’s attempt to maintain a 50,000-year-old way of life.


Stranded on the Roof of the World

Afghanistan’s Kyrgyz nomads survive in one of Earth’s most remote places, a pocket of land 14,000 feet high where the currency is sheep, the dream is a road, and many will go an entire lifetime without ever seeing a tree.


The Quiet Hell of Extreme Meditiation

A trip to India for total silence.



George Wright spent more time on the lam, 41 years, than any fugitive in American history. Last fall, after being caught in a rural Portuguese village, he told his story.


Here Be Monsters

Three teenage boys decide to set sail after a night of drinking.  They go missing for 51 days.


The Blind Man Who Taught Himself to See

Daniel Kish is entirely sightless. So how can he ride a bike on busy streets? Go hiking for days alone? By using a technique borrowed from bats.


Convincing a Murderer Not to Die

When Christian Longo, who brutally murdered his family, was on the lam in Mexico he posed as a NYT reporter named Michael Finkel. From Death Row, Longo asked the real Finkel to attend his execution.