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Avoidable Contact #69: A 6124-mile experiment in child (and parent) abuse, Part 1

“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.” This Wallace Stegner quote begins Jon Krakauer’s memorable book, Into The Wild. Almost 20 years after the publication of that book, Krakauer revealed that its protagonist, Chris McCandless, hadn’t just been driven to his Western death by a desire for adventure and novelty. Rather, it was years of physical abuse at the hands of his father that caused him to abandon his Datsun B210 in the desert and disappear into the wild ...


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Good stuff, Jack. I bought my 10-yr old son the Dangerous Book for Boys and I might just have to get him the Pocket Ref book now. Can't wait to read what other adventures you two get to experience together...