The Longform Guide to Loners
Chris McCandless, Sly Stone, and Ida Wood — a collection of stories going inside the lives of outsiders.
The Last American Man
At age 17, Eustace Conway moved into the North Carolina woods. He hasn’t compromised since.
Everything Was Fake But Her Wealth
Ida Wood, who lived for decades as a recluse in a New York City hotel, would have taken her secrets to the grave—if her sister hadn’t gotten there first.
The Boy Who Heard Too Much
Matthew Weigman was blind, overweight, 14 and alone. He could also do anything he wanted with a phone. Sometimes that meant calling Lindsay Lohan. Other times it meant sending a SWAT team to an enemy’s door.
The Mystery of Erica Blasberg
How could a one-time rising golf star be gifted with top 10 talent yet struggle to break even on the LPGA tour, possess Madison Avenue magnetism yet be such a loner? But the most difficult thing to understand is this: Why did she take her own life?
Death of an Innocent
The tale of itinerant wanderer Chris McCandless. The magazine story that preceded Into the Wild.
Sly Stone's Higher Power
A profile of the reclusive musician.
The Last Romantic Outlaw
If Charles Brogden pilfered a kitchen, he washed the dishes and mopped the floor before he left. And the law just couldn’t seem to run him down.
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.
Huguette Clark, Reclusive Heiress, Dies at 104
On the mysterious life of an the isolated heiress.
Compiled by Timothy Maddocks