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Into the Wild - Chapter 5

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Alex, now Chris again, has settled into mainstream America and was employed fulltime for the longest period since he left Atlanta. It seems he was missing some of his former self. He ended up in California and stayed with a couple who had given him a ride. He was close to the woman, Jan, and probably looked at her as a mother figure. He was outgoing and social but still spoke of his plans to go to Alaska, like it was the only thing that defined who he was.

"Kodachrome"By: Paul Simon

October, 1991 – I’m in Bullhead City, Arizona. I had to move south and might settle down for a while. The Oregon coast was too foggy and rainy. I need to be around people. I’ll get a job, save some money, and see what happens. I’ll set up camp in the desert at the edge of town. Jan and Bob are not too far from here. I’ll ask them to come and visit me. I like it here.

Into the Wild - Chapter 5

“McCandless had been infatuated with London since childhood. London’s fervent condemnation of capitalist society, his glorification of the primordial world, his championing of the great unwashed—all of it mirrored McCandless’s passions.” (page 44)

“In a card he mailed to Westerberg in October, he says of Bullhead, ‘it’s a good place to spend the winter and I might finally settle down and abandon my tramping life, for good’.” (page 39)


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