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Everett Ruess by Everett Ruess
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Nov 06, 07

Read in January, 2000

I picked up "Into the Wild" thinking that Christopher McCandless might have something in common with Everett Ruess, the subject of this book. The two couldn't be more different. McCandless and his journey both lack sincerity and commitment and as a result his death was more pathetic than poetic or tragic. Ruess, on the other hand was a graceful genius and an artist who really meant it. He was driven by some kind of spiritual pursuit deeper than I can even comprehend. The kid vanished in the desert near the four corners in the 1930s, but not before leaving the trail of profound letters included in this book. Excellent read, especially if you have spent any time in the landscape where he died.
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