Two lists

Listverse offers a list of ten modern hermits:

  1. Valerio Ricetti (1898—1952)
  2. Noah John Rondeau (1883—1967)
  3. Robert Harrill (1893—1972)
  4. Arthur Leslie Darwin (1879—1977)
  5. Despina Achladioti (1890—1982)
  6. Manfred Gnädinger (1940—2002)
  7. Richard Proenneke (1916—2003)
  8. Willard Kitchener MacDonald (1916—2004)
  9. Józef “Fred” Stawinoga (1920—2007)
  10. Tom Leppard (1934—present)

The US magazine Saturday Evening Post offers “Resources for Would-be Hermits.” The list for reading consists of: the newsletter “Raven’s Bread,” the book Consider The Ravens: On Contemporary Hermit Life by Paul A. and Karen Karper Fredette, Sister Laurel O’Neal’s blog, “Notes from Stillsong Hermitage,” and the book Thoughts In Solitude by Thomas Merton.

Also listed are “Famous American Hermits”: Robert Voorhis, Dorothy Molter, Richard Proenneke, and Daniel Suelo.

NOTE: These two items appear just after news of the arrest of the Maine “hermit” Christopher Knight races across web media sites, perpetuating a negative image of hermits, who have never lived by stealing. Given the sparsity of the two lists above, one may wonder about their timely appearance.

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Maine hermit thief caught

News items about a Maine hermit caught stealing from area camps for 27 years are everywhere on the web. For example, a Guardian report is headlined “Hermit caught after 27 years in Maine woods” with the byline “Christopher Knight, who disappeared aged 19, lived by stealing food and supplies from woodland camps in Maine, say police.” The item notes that Knight did not light fires even in extremely cold winters of Maine in order not to be observed. His camp reveals only a tent, bedding, tarps, propane tanks, and a radio. He is being held for the most recent theft. Doubtless further details of his lifestyle will be forthcoming.


Modern hermits & Crusoes

A page of the web site offers a colorful collection of what it calls “Modern day hermits and Robinson Crusoes,” some familiar to Hermitary visitors, others new.


Hong Kong’s “hidden youth”

An article in the South China Morning Post suggests a growing concern about adolescents in Hong Kong dropping out of family, school, and social life to become recluses in their homes. The phenomenon is familiar in Japan as hikikomori, or what the article calls otaku, a Japanese term for “home man,” or one who stays at home, presumably playing video games or watching anime.

The term “hidden youth” is also applied. The article title is: “Inside the caged work of Hong Kong’s ‘hidden youths.'”

Most observers attribute the phenomenon to the stress of low expectations among young people aged 16 to 29, chiefly unemployment, which for youth officially runs below ten percent, though other sources say it is as high as 33 percent.