Fort Greene Store:
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 PM
Michael Finkel presents The Stranger in The Woods
Lena Friedrich presents The Hermit
Reading, discussion & visual presentation
The dream of escaping modern life is a common one, but the story of a man who seriously attempted to do so turns out to be strange, illuminating, and full of ironies. Author Michael Finkel and filmmaker Lena Friedrich have both chronicled the remarkable true story of Christopher Knight, a man who lived alone in the woods of Maine for 27 years, surviving by stealing food and supplies from nearby homes. Both the book The Stranger in the Woods and the film The Hermit ask fundamental questions about solitude and community, and together offer a portrait of a man who was determined to live his own way, as well as those who were affected by his decisions. Finkel presents his book along with a screening of Friedrich’s film at this evening’s event, followed by a discussion with the audience and a book signing.