It’s time for another virtual discussion for our podcast book club! This month we are reading The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel.
We’d love to hear from you – what did you think of the book? Any comments you’d like to share? Here are some questions to start us off and as always we’ll give a shout-out to you during our podcast:
- How long have you gone without speaking to a single person? Or without any human interaction?
- Something that many hermits value, and certainly Christopher Knight did, are their books. All Knight wanted from the author was a video of his bookshelf. What would a video of your bookshelf reveal?
- Some philosophers believe that loneliness is the only true feeling there is. Do you agree?
- The concept of “non-doing” is discussed in Stranger in the Woods. Is this something you have heard of? Something you work towards?
- When reading Notes from the Underground, Knight (the hermit) felt that Dostoyevsky was reaching through time and speaking directly to him. What books have made you feel that way?
- Do you ever seek out solitude, particularly in nature? How is nature both restorative and challenging for the human spirit?
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