On Christopher Thomas Knight

Michael Finkel for GQ, "The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit":

When, said Perkins-Vance, was the last time he'd had contact with another person? Sometime in the 1990s, answered Knight, he passed a hiker while walking in the woods. "What did you say?" asked Perkins-Vance. "I said, 'Hi,' " Knight replied. Other than that single syllable, he insisted, he had not spoken with or touched another human being, until this night, for twenty-seven years. I read this story last night, and was completely enthralled. It's a fascinating piece; very well written too. And Maine winters --- in remote parts of the state especially --- seem brutal. I'm amazed Knight lived through them for almost 30 years.