GQ: The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit
. "For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend - or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest." [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Aug 20, 2014 -
Sina, one of the biggest websites in China, is hosting its annual photojournalism contest
. The subjects range from:
a SARS patient
10 years on,
, the biggest fur market in China
(warning: somewhat graphic),
" amusement park, erstwhile beggars
, incense makers
, more workers
, and a school
on the Loess.
My favorite two: hermits
and mothers who pump
posted by of strange foe
on Jan 24, 2014 -
A million Japanese boys, hiding in their rooms.
I didn't know about this - but then again, by definition, maybe I wouldn't. Domestic hermits aside, I frequently see behavior I'd identify as "borderline mentally ill" slide right under people's radar here in Tokyo, and I'm certain a nihonjin
might think the same thing after a year in my hometowns, New York and San Francisco.
What culturally-specific form does neurosis take in your neck of the woods?
posted by adamgreenfield
on Oct 20, 2002 -
DotComGuy leaves house; world fails to care.
For those who weren't paying attention to this, The Story Of The Year, some schmuck renamed himself DotComGuy, moved into a house, and lived off e-tailers for an entire year to prove that the Internet helps commerce. Or something. The experiment proved, beyond a shadow of a doubt, nothing.
posted by solistrato
on Jan 2, 2001 -