|I don't always wear a bonnet. |
But when I do, I'm usually drinking.
Into the Wild became a book after Mr. Krakauer investigated the circumstances of Christopher Johnson McCandless's death for Outside magazine. (I assume by now it's obvious that I'm not a subscriber to said magazine, and therefore wasn't aware of this incident until I saw this book...at an indoor book store....where there's no nature except in pictures. As it should be.) The book is the culmination of Mr. Krakauer's investigation and research into the odd matter. It's not odd that someone would die in the remote wilderness of Alaska, but it is odd that before his sojourn into Seward's Folly, McCandless basically disavowed established society after an upbringing that embraced it. The book traces McCandless's nomadic steps after his graduation from Emory University in 1990 to his death alone in the Alaskan wilderness north of Mt. McKinley in 1992.
Krakauer interviewed those known to have come in contact with McCandless, though he went by the name Alexander Supertramp at the time. There are many things that no one will ever be able to piece together. What Krakauer was able to discern comes from Alex's journals and interviews. Apparently Alex came to believe writers such as Tolstoy, Thoreau, and Jack London understood how one should live: without an attachment to materialistic things and an ability to live off the land. Alex started off on his journey in his own vehicle, but after it was flooded around Lake Mead he abandoned it and continued by means of hitch hiking and train jumping. As he left his car, he also burned all of his identification and cash so he left with a backpack of meager supplies and his journal. From there he traveled through South Dakota, Nevada, even as far south as Mexico before he made his way back to South Dakota. There he worked for a friend he had made during his first trip through the state, as a way to earn money for supplies for his ultimate destination: Alaska.