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Christopher McCandless

Updated on October 31, 2014

Into the Wild - The Book & Film

Making Sense of Christopher McCandless

Like many people, I first heard of Christopher McCandless after stumbling across the book, Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer. I remember finding it in the travel narrative section of the bookstore when I was searching specifically for "road" novels - which happen to be an addiction of mine.

Into the Wild was unlike any such narrative I'd read before -- no wacky hijinks of Tim Cahill or Bill Bryson or the glib storytelling of Kerouac or Steinbeck. Into the Wild is about a life lost.

Even now I have mixed feelings about Christopher McCandless, the book, my reaction to the book. It feels very weird to disagree with virtually every decision that a person chooses to make and yet admire his adventurous spirit.  Sometimes I wonder how much my reaction is to Christopher himself and his story, his death and how much of it is my reaction to Krakauer's empathetic treatment of his subject.  He is certainly a great writer.


Note: For those of you coming to visit my lens as a result of my being on Lens of the Day, a hearty thank you! I appreciate all the wonderful comments that people have left and all the ratings.  You guys are awesome!

My thoughts on the film, Into the Wild

I went to see Into the Wild on opening weekend and I thought I would share my immediate reaction to seeing the film.

It is a very good movie, and by far the best (and most accessible!) film that Sean Penn has directed. Some really interesting framing too. It's interesting to me too, because many of the reviews commented that Penn is even more besotted by McCandless than Krakauer and yet I actually found him personally less sympathetic in the movie than in the book. I guess it is hearing some of the lines voiced instead of hearing them in my head that makes a difference.

The performances are all wonderful -- Emile Hirsch gives an incredibly nuanced physical performance that really makes you forget you are watching an actor play a part. The supporting cast is awesome. It's the best performance Vince Vaughn has given in awhile and it is nice to see him remember that he's also a serious dramatic actor and not just a comic buffoon.

The performance that really got to me was Catherine Keener. She's truly amazing in this movie and her reaction to Christopher and the emotions he stirs up about her relationship with her own son is heartbreaking. In many ways, she is a stand-in for both the reader and the viewer. Extremely well done and I'm surprised she wasn't nominated for Best Supporting Actress come Oscar time.

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Movie Coverage from Outside magazine

I Want This Movie to Grip People in the Heart

Eleven years after the publication of Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild, Sean Penn brings the unforgettable tragedy of Chris McCandless to theaters with conviction and obsession. CHRISTOPHER KEYES goes on location in California.

Fifteen years after an enigmatic 24-year-old walked Into the Wild, the site of his death has become a shrine. As Hollywood weighs in with a portrait of the young man as a saintlike visionary, has the truth been lost? Inside the strange life and tragic death of "Alexander Supertramp."

— Matthew Power - Men's Journal

Visionary or Fool?

An Opposing View from Men's Journal

The Cult of Chris McCandless

The Men's Journal article is an interesting perspective on the story of Chris McCandless and how his story has been told. The mainstream Alaskan press has long had a dim eye on McCandless and Krakauer's book about him and that's primarily the perspective shared in this story.

I do find it interesting that the author of the story chose to travel up to the Stampede Trail in Alaska to see the bus where Chris lived his final days. That tells me that regardless of where people tend to come down on his story, the reaction is strong and never neutral.

My own personal opinion is that McCandless was both a visionary and a fool. I think that's probably the position of many other fan's of Krakauer's book. In fact, I think it is nearly impossible to not have conflicting feelings about him. In the words of a traveller who left an entry in one of the notebooks inside Chris's bus: Chris may have fucked up, but he fucked up brilliantly.

Into the Wild movie trailer

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    Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

    I wasn't sure who he was until I came here. Blessed by an angel.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    @anonymous: don't conform to nthe norm! live life the way you want!

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    Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    This is a very moving story of someone looking for more in life than just the economic. Blessed by a squid angel.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    @anonymous: he is also my inspiration ive read his book like ten times

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    He did not die in vain. He has touched many.

    Saddening and inspiring.

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    kimmanleyort 6 years ago

    A very thoughtful presentation. You certainly have made me want to read the book or watch the movie. It is clear that Chris McCandless had an impact on you. Even flawed characters can be inspirational. ** Blessed by a Squid Angel **

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    theconditionpod 6 years ago

    Great lens, thank you. I, like yourself, have long held a fascination with McCandless, not least because I can see a lot of myself in him. I think many people in some way identify with his spirit at least, it is his unfortunate demise as a result of that which is most unsettling.

    I think Hal Holbrook also deserves a big mention for the way he portrayed Ron Franz, very moving, very sad. Brilliant.

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    myraggededge 7 years ago

    Loved the film and found it very thought-provoking and moving. His life was short but he maxed it. Great lens. Angel blessed :-)

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I am so inspired and moved by Chris McCandless. I have always felt the way he did about life, but everyone around me never understood it. I have always hated money and what it does to people. I have never wanted material things, and always had a desire for adventure and solitude. To get away from society, modern standards and way of life. Having to worry about having enough money and paying bills. I have always felt so alone because when people knew I felt that way they would tell me "that's life" and i'm supposed to live this mainstream way that everyone else is. I felt so limited to working a dead end job and living a life of medeocrity. When I seen the movie it really made me re-evaluate my life and what I really want. So although it might take me some time, I'm gonna "reach out and grab" what I want. Thanks Chris, I really feel like I can do what I want now that I know you did it. Movie was beautiful. Amazing cast and acting. LOVE IT. Most meaningful story I will ever know.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    This was a good book and movie, but it bothers me that the death scene was totally fabricated. There is no evidence whatsoever that any kind of plant poisoning contributed to Chris's death in any way.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I very much admire what Chris did, I really do, however one must admit that the story only ended tragically because of some very poor decisions on Chris' part. I wonder why, when his early July attempt to cross the Teklanika river at the Stampede Trail was foiled by high river flow he did not recon a mile or so up and down stream to find a more suitable fording area? Had he done so, not only would he have found the crossing basket at the gauging station a little over a half of a mile downstream from the trail. Even if he had walked upstream he would have found just less than a mile upstream an area where the river was much more fordable. In fact following either the Teklanika or the Sushana rivers south would have saved his life. Why did he return to the Bus? For the security of shelter I guess, but then why did he stay so long? I just find it odd that he would give up crossing the river so quickly.

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    jessicahoward 8 years ago

    wow sounds amazing.... i am egger to watch this movie....

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    Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

    I really liked both the book and the movie. Actually, I accidentally ruined the ending for some folks sitting around me in the theater, assuming the movie would reveal McCandless's ultimate death right away, just like in the book. Oops! I thought all performances in the film were amazing. The only thing that made me go, "Hmm..." was that, in the movie, McCandless kayaked through the Grand Canyon. I'd thought, in the book, he'd put in below Hoover Dam. Maybe I read it or remembered it wrong, but, man, having been through the Canyon on the Colorado River myself, it is SO hard to imagine that a total novice would make it all the way through in a kayak.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I hate how people think Chris was "insane," the main reason for what he did is because of his parents, so yesyes. He's a hero in my eyes.

    LIKE MICHEAL PHELPS SMOKING POT!

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    jipock 8 years ago

    I haven't read this book, but your article has me really interested. I will have to check it out. Thank you!

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    Loved this book/film. Like so many others he burned too hot, wouldn't settle for a "normal" 8-5 life and pushed the limits a little too much. It is possible to grab life withou sacrificing it - look into Rolf Pott's book Vagabonding, or my homepage: www.gregoryrodgers.com - you don't HAVE to live miserable if it was not meant for you.

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    heehaw lm 8 years ago

    wow, i must watch this movie.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I just watched the Blu-Ray Video on 72" Hi-def TV and I was really touched by the movie and the true story behind it. I know a lot of people criticize "Alex" as a Fool, especially Alaskans, and I'll bet that most of these Critics are people trapped in a fake civilized life in the mainstream of the human stampede of conformity, and they don't have the balls to take any risks in life, to break away from the herd and experience true freedoom, truth, nature, and adventure. It's easier to stay trapped in the herd and "Knock" those who break away and follow/make their own pathways through life. Although his life was cut very short, he filled his life with much more than most of us will ever do in our long, long lives of conformity all the way into old age.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    One thing I love about Squidoo is I learn something new every day, with each new lens I visit.

    I did not know about Christopher McCandless until I surfed your lens.

    Good job, interesting information.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    The movie was great. It was inspiring. Then I read the book---enjoyed it immensely. Chris was an adventurer and anti-materialistic. He seemed to have some major emotional problems that involved his Dad, primarily. I only mention that because it would probably account for why he never contacted his parents and didn't seem to want contact with them, at all. Hard for the parents, of course!!! He struck out, on his own, and did what he wanted to do. It seemed like there were several times that he came close to death----he admitted that he nearly drowned a couple of times. Unfortunately, he was well-prepared and knowledgeable enough to make the type of trip he did into Alaska. He paid the price, but he still did it HIS way.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    This film really struck a chord with me. I'm not quite as radical as Alex/Chris was, but i can sort of understand the thrill of being outside, living for the sake of living. It's an amazing feeling. The film may have made me cry; a lot, but I loved every second of it - it really brings home the fact that life is short so why sit around waiting for things to happen - get out in the world and do whatever it is you want to do. Because who knows tomorrow could be your last day to do something amazing so live that way.

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    Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

    I have never heard of this movie until now. I have an adventure-loving teenager who will be receiving it for his birthday in December. Great lens and it looks like a great movie.

    "If you want something in life, reach out and grab it."

    Brenda

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    i read the book, but haven't seen the movie. His sruggle was selfish for the most part, as he pushed people out of his life, like his parents and his sister, whom he claimed to be close to. I do admire his quest for identity, but he didn't have to push people away and hurt them.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    i truley loved this film. its a amazing story and one that should be heard.

    i just wish i had the courage to do that. he went for what he wanted in life and was probally/hopefully a content man. i think the film is beautiful, and the book amazing!

    as some one has already said, he paid a price in the end for his travels but i'd quess his life was fair more eventful than mine/yours ever will be. he is a inspiration to me. thanks

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    Dorraine 8 years ago

    I loved the movie. There is so much violent, commercial, and rediculous media out there now that we call entertainment. Far fetched movies, some so violent that you worry about how they'll affect you the parent much less your kids. All the stupid reality shows about anything and everything...trivial nonsense. "Jackass" (speaks for itself) incredibly stupid and hazardous to the health of those who would "try it at home". Most of it is mind numbing and teaches us and/or our children nothing. The story of Chris McCandless makes you think. It touches something inside like not much does these days. His journey was incredible! He "lived" more in that short period of his life than most of us do in many years. They say everything happens for a reason. Because he died, his life was made known to the world. Maybe, just maybe...his life had purpose and that purpose was to make us all think about what is really important and what our 'material' search in life deprives us of.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    great lens! haven't seen the movie yet. it's getting my curiosity. what a brave move for a man to do that. although his cause did not succeed, he may have set a lesson for everyone.

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    anonymous 8 years ago

    I hope parents encourage their kids' adventurous spirit. McCandles gave a lot to the world in his short life. I highly recommend book and movie. 5*

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    apollo711 8 years ago

    I was considering seeing the film - I think when it might have been at the second-run theater. Is this something that is inspirational - something that would be motivational, with regard to overcoming obstacles?

    (That is the type of thing I might need right now. Then again, an idealism-based story might not be best, right now. But if this stays close to the true story, then that is different, as it is real. Does it?)

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    well i seen this movie last night and co-incidentally it was his death anniversary. Movie is superb, i think Emile Hirsch have given right justice to character by acting well. This movie really touches heart if u understand that we can live our life w/o fearing ( as one poerson saying above about robbing/rep/murder etc. becoz this is all society means ) but once u come out of it, u will find a great way to live life without even having money. ( thats what he wanted to show to everyone ) its true he made mistakes but as one person above saying he left persons behind him ( they changed only after when he gone ) so its really saddiest to see peoples here cant understand what was he feeling when everything was against him. anyways about movie its great and worth watching.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    " follow your bliss and doors will open where you didn't even think there were doors, and where there aren't any doors for anyone else " ...Joseph Campbell. A poetic and painful death indeed, a beautiful bruise, but whose to judge? Would we rather him subject himself to pretentious happy hours, mindless one night stands, cocaine in night clubs, a job he pretends to like, reality tv, propaganda media, raging consumerism, or a cheating wife, sure he could have done more, or had more, a better life than such cynical lens pieces of America, but the truth is, Many American souls are dying everyday in America that never see one glimpse of truth or feel one real authentic experience. He had many truths along his journey. No need to mimic him. Our wisdom comes from trying to learn from him. Learn to follow our own bliss. Find our own truth. And for most of us this it can't begin to happen until we tell many of our family members and friends to F%$# off so we can become who we truly are.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Yes, he was a rather rash idealistic figure, but that should not detract from the admiration we should all have for idealists. Che Guevarra was another but on another level, as was John the Baptist. He eschewed the socialisation of capital and chose his own way. In the end, what happened to him was sad but inevitable, but those he touched along the way are, I am sure, enriched.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Romanticizing him is pathetic? Why? He decided to live life the way he saw fit. He embraced it! Most people shy away from life and let it pass them by, but Chris didn't. For that, he does deserve our admiration. Sure, he made mistakes, but he was only human. Kat, focus on the good in his life, such as his inspiration to others, rather than the negatives.

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    ChloeComfort 9 years ago

    Great Lens! The movie touched my heart. Despite what others may think, I feel he was a brave, resourceful man who got to experience a way of life that most of us dream of doing. He provides inspiration for many to follow their dream and let it take you where it may. Many people touched his life during his journey and I am sure he touched the lives of those he met along the way.

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    wikario1 9 years ago

    Awesome movie & a great lens! Thakns 4 your work!

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    Angelina 9 years ago from California

    a great lens about a great man...really well done tribute to him. 5 *'s

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I just viewed the movie. (haven't read the book). I think ppl admire his 'free, daring spirit' and probably share his disdain for the 'shallow' minded ppl who love 'things' in the world. His disgust w/'establishment' & 'judgment' should perhaps be admired to a degree but it was a shame how he wasted away in the end...and the pain he caused his family members. Still, he lived a more 'triumphant' life on a certain level than many ever will (even those who live way longer). I just hope a lot of impressionable ppl don't try to follow suit and think they can just pack up & go out in the wilderness as he did. ITS VERY DANGEROUS TO HITCHHIKE. Moreso than the animals and even wilderness in general people have other PEOPLE to worry about who rape/rob/murder.

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    AnnaleeBlysse 9 years ago

    Great lens here. My reaction was not neutral. My family comes from that area of the state for centuries as I'm part Native Alaskan. It is hard for me to think of Chris McCandless as a visionary because I've grown up listening to elders telling us younger people not to do things like he did.

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    LABELSTONE 9 years ago

    This lens has inspired me to read the book. Well done.

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    Threadpainter 9 years ago

    This was one of my all time favourite books. It stayed with me long after I finished reading. The movie was terrific too. I feel Sean Penn did a wonderful job in depicting Chris's life. He will never be forgotten.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Great lens. The boy was a fool. A romantic. But a fool. I cried during the film, but I cried for the people he left behind. He was selfish and thoughtless and self involved. As one Alaskan native put it - after deciding to return to what he left behind and finding the river impassable he went back to the only thing representative of civilization, that bus. Instead of summoning one whit of common sense and attempting to follow the river or start a signal fire he crumbled when something finally got in his way. Romanticizing him is pathetic. Making him out to be some sort of rebel hero is simply sad. Unfortunately, virtually all young people have unrealistic notions of what can or should be (I was one myself) and will embrace Chris as some sort of icon. I can only shake my head.

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    eccles1 9 years ago

    What a great movie and a great lens!

    I think there are many people that relate to this young man for a reason

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    triathlontraini1 9 years ago

    I found the book and movie fascinating. You did a great job displaying the info about him. It's a beautiful lens.

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    roysumit 9 years ago

    Admire your lens and admiration deep from my heart for Chris. Characters like Chris helps infuse life into us.

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    bdkz 9 years ago

    Awesome lens. 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    i think chris was/is awesome!! some think that he was crazy i think he was amazing.but really everybody want to be like chris in some way,the courage,the i donn't care attitude,the im just gonna pack up and go and not care about money or the modern ways of the world! i love it i wish i could be a couragous as he was!! and he will not ever be forgotten

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    teamlane 9 years ago

    I'm revisiting this lens to bless it. Keep up the great work wowreviews!

    Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :)

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I LOVED this movie! I laughed & cried. It was raw & real. It goes to show just what an effect humans have on each other when it comes to getting a sense of self & worth. It is sad that the outcome of this very moving story had to end in Chris' death, he was a very special soul that could have done amazing things in this world had he gone on. Though he died, his story will touch the lives of many people from many different walks of life, & hopefully inspire people to appreciate & cherish what many of us take for granted on a daily basis. Chris reached a clarity of being that most of us could only dream to find.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    ...God bless you Chris...one thought from me.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Sometimes stories about people come into our lives and touch us and we know we'll never be the same. I finished watching this movie saturday morning and I haven't been able to get the story out of my head since. Am I a dreamer or a fool?

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    datingrelationships 9 years ago

    Love your lens! 5/5

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Great site mate. truly a good compendium of the life of Chris on the web. I must bring light the pictures that chriso2000 put on his flickr site. i don't know where he got these but they are the remarkable and eerie pictures taken from Chris' camera after he passed. i was under the impression that it was his parents who had these pics but oh well. wonder how he got them. its amazing and slightly depressing to know that we know so much about a young man who went completely out of his way to be an unknown

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    RinchenChodron 9 years ago

    I think he was a visionary! I'm reading the book right now and enjoy it very much - a must read! I used to live in Alaska and you do meet all kinds there!

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    Aika 9 years ago

    I like the vidoes, very interesting to watch out for! :)

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    Karendelac 9 years ago

    Very interesting insight to a mysterious man. I rated you 5 stars. Please visit my State-of-the-Art Titanic Lens ~~ Please click on Karendelac above, to view it.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I posted a few pics that I found about Chris Mccandless here http://www.flickr.com/photos/chriso2000/

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    does anyone know if any of the pictures Chris took during his travels are posted anywhere?

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Hey folks! Great lens - this page covers everything! I just added Into the Wild tees onto my page - Also there are other Alaskan events like corrupt politicians, gold digging strippers and crabbers with crabs. Come on over to see them at: www.cafepress.com/echoforsberg

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    folks. here is a web message wall dedicated to McCandless

    http://messagewalls.com/mccandless

    leave a message!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Great movie, couldn't have been better done. All seed theories were overturned, but something odd was going on w/McCandless. There've been young girls lost in the woods who never studied survival, but had the sense to keep moving. A sane McCandless would have known this.

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    ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

    wow, I didn't know there was a movie! now I really want to see it. Anything Jon Krakauer writes is superb. Awesome lens!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Interesting lens. Thanks for sharing!

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    tessy53 9 years ago

    mi cumpleaos es mayo 1 del ao 1967, de mi esposo dino

    es nov 20 1965, de mis hijas destiny jan 9th 02 y de andrea abril 21 04.

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    wowreviews lm 9 years ago

    Pedro, Youtube videos are automatically selected based on keywords. I'm sorry you find some of them offensive, but people obviously are curious enough about the bus to travel to it , so I won't be editing the results from YouTube unless I see something particularly egregious and none of these are.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Take down some of these horrendous and mocking YouTube videos. They're a disgusting and pathetic attempt at "film".

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Take down some of these horrendous and mocking YouTube videos. They're a disgusting and pathetic attempt at "film".

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Just seen the movie, gonna see it again!

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    CoachNancy 9 years ago

    "If you want something in life, reach out and grab it."

    Great words to live by and looks like a great book to read and movie to see.

    Fantastic job on the lens.

    Nancy

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    InvoluntaryGypsy 9 years ago

    I really want to see the movie (after I read the book). Congratulations on LOTD. I enjoyed it.

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    Sara Duggan 9 years ago from California

    Outstanding lens. Can't wait to read the book. I remember this story on a prime time news show a while back when it happened. I am looking forward to the movie and the book. Thanks

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    DarleneTooley 9 years ago

    Great leans it looks like you thout of every thing.

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    Asher Socrates 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    great lens! nice layout and a bundle of good material.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Great film eagering to watch the movie

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    EverythingFragr 9 years ago

    EverythingFragrant

    Excellent concept, writing, research. A great lesson for all lensmasters.

    Patrick

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I remember when they found Chris' body and pieced together the story. Unlike most idealists, Chris actually tried to do something and in the end paid the ultimate price. Not unlike teenage suicides, I hope that "Wild" will not generate a epidemic of imitators among other youthful idealists.

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    La-Vie-Est-Belle 9 years ago

    Great lens - congrats on lens of the day award - I guess its kinda like a squidoo oscar!!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Amazing lens! I look forward to the movie. Christopher may have been a bit of a fool, but those who dare to do what they dream are most always seen that way unfortunately. I hope my sons will dare to live. I don't want them to die like Chris did, but live what they love despite what others think.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Great lens, very inspiring.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Wow you give new meaning to "Thorough" kudos to you for the work on this. Your post is proving to everyone that our rich culture has talent going full circle from the artist to the obvserver.

    Thank you and big WOW for the deserved WIN for the day.

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    bgreen lm 9 years ago

    beautiful lens full of raw emotion, THANK YOU!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    id love to see this movie

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    bloomingangels 9 years ago

    Great lens,it's a lot inspiring...and makes one give time to reflect...soul search!

    Thanks!

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    site-builder 9 years ago

    Wow! Great story and equally great lens. Kind of parallels Tolstoy's life and death. Can't wait to see the movie.

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    Really nice lens. Makes me want to read the book and watch the film!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I read the book when it first came out and it affected me in a very similar way. I guess you could say it still haunts me. I can't wait to see the movie. This is a brilliant use of the lens medium, congratulations and thank you!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I have wanted to see this movie and reading your lens just makes me want to see it more! Congrats on lens of the day!!!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    A great and enticingly laid-out lens, rivetting subject matter. Thank you. I'll head for the bookstore this weekend. All the best. And also, thanks to your inspiration, set up a lens soon.

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    Retired-Cop 9 years ago

    Sell all that you have and give it ti the poor. Go live among the poor and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor. You will have Great Treasures in Heaven. Not too many people have taken God up on this. People are in love with the wrong things in this World!

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    catch-cheating 9 years ago

    great and high quality lens, congrat..., high five

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    cathyromine 9 years ago

    Congratulations! Great Lens!

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    PN7 9 years ago

    great lense with quality info and very good presentation

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    Sisters LM 9 years ago

    stop by www.squidoo.com/alaskatripjournal to read about our family's trip into the wild!

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    GypsyPirate LM 9 years ago

    Congratulations on Lens Of The Day!! Great job!!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    nice lens.I had heard the name Christopher McCandless in an Ellis Paul song .I had never heard of him before .I didn`t realize he was an actual person,I thought Ellis Paul just made the name up.

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    OfficeRocket 9 years ago

    Great lens and looks like it will certainly be a fantastic movie. I'm going to have to buy the book now!!!

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    MCStylin 9 years ago

    Great lens here with quality info and a very well done presentation! 5 stars!

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    Robin S 9 years ago from USA

    Great lens!

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    anton55 lm 9 years ago

    This lens is great and covers a very interesting topic. I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for this movie to come out. What a fascinating story. Thank you!

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    ronpass lm 9 years ago

    Very moving lens, Jenn - I loved the YouTube videos -I will certainly watch the movie. I can appreciate all the work you put into this lens as I have recently finished my own SquidWho lens - it was a lot of fun.

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    wowreviews lm 9 years ago

    Wow! Thank you all for visiting and commenting and I deeply appreciate all the five-star ratings. Thanks, Squidfolks!!

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    anonymous 9 years ago

    I had not heard of Christopher McCandless before. Interesting story - thank you for sharing!