Ministry of Intrigue

Coffee-stained Dispatches From An Undisclosed Location

♺ The Last True Hermit

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This GQ story about the North Pond Hermit is amazing.

One day in 1986, Christopher Knight left family and friends behind for good, and spent 30 years leaving alone in the woods of Maine, sleeping in a hidden tent. He survived by stealing supplies and books from the nearby cabins and towns, and with the exception of encountering a solitary hiker, had no interactions with other humans during that time.

He was apprehended during a theft in 2013, and this article covers all the interviews that followed. Incredible.

Morning Pages

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I’ve been trying to get back into the routine of doing morning pages. That is, the process of writing three pages of material each day to clear my mind and prime my creative pump for the day. Sometimes, I have something structured in mind for that morning, sometimes it ends up being a flow of consciousness, or even patent nonesense. The point isn’t to produce a masterwork each day, just to produce something. As I’ve resumed this practice, I’ve found it to be just as fulfilling as I remember it being, and I’m motivated to prevent any laziness seeping in to disrupt my routine.

In the past, I’ve used the wonderful service 750 Words both as an editor and goal-tracking tool, though now I prefer to just use a dedicated group of timestamped sheets in Ulysses III. I wholeheartedly recommend either or even both, and I certainly owe the latter a review. However, it doesn’t really matter what tools are being used, as long as it’s getting done.

Quote: Antoine de Saint Exupéry

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If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry

I love this. There is some debate as to whether this is translated correctly, or indeed, even attributable to this source at all, but that doesn’t make this any less true.