There's a kid gone missing in Texas. His name is Matthew Wilson and his story is immediately reminiscient of Christopher McCandless' journey so well documented in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild. I hope that missing Kid, if he's on a McCandless style journey, has done his homework. I read Krakauer's book a while back and thought it excellent. I was curious to see how Sean Penn would pull it all together in the recent movie release of the same name, and how the kid playing McCandless (aka "Alexander Supertramp") (Emile Hirsch) would do. It was long- 2.5 hours but just like the book, pretty riveting, especially as you know what's about to go down. When I watched the movie (or read the book) I wondered if I could have pulled it off, survived a year or longer in the Alaskan wilds with nothing but my wits, a 22, some tools- flyrod- and so on. Extreme Henry David Thoreau. I'm not young or naive enough to try it, but if I was, here's some of the homework I would do: 1- Dick Proenneke, the guy who lived at Twin Lakes AK, for 30 years- alone. McCandless could of learned that even Proenneke liked beans and bacon and other stuff flown in for him... 2-Tim Treadwell in Grizzly Man about hubris and folly. 3- Castaway maybe too hollywood and fictional, but hey, excepting the dental work and plane crash, sorta looks fun at times 4- Shackleton 'Nuff said 5- William Bligh's Voyage post Fletcher Christian's mutiny on HMS Bounty 6- Survivorman I get a kick out of watching the guy, even if he has some stuff thrown his way and the duration is brief 7-Kaplan and Sadock's Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry In all of the borderlands between heroes and fools, there are subtle and not so subtle delusions, personality disorders and psychiatric issues- having some insight into self might come not just with histories and "how to" (or "how not to") tales, but also with some understanding of mental illness Anyway, you guys got some inspirational tales/stories/sources on those lines? Maybe the missing kid will end up surfing the net, google himself in some tiny library in the middle of nowhere, come across this thread and have the chance to learn and come through all this safer and wiser.