In 1936 a Russian family retreated into the Siberian forest, where they lived in complete isolation for 42 years


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I’m to lazy to find it, but I know this has been posted before.


I was thinking the same, though I believe it was a BoingBoing story, not Futility Closet.


It was in the Smithsonian magazine in January 2013. I’ve thought of it many times since reading it.

(I would have sworn I got there at the time through a post on BoingBoing, but I’m not finding it at the moment.)

ETA I meant to say it was on the Smithsonian website. I don’t know if it was in their print magazine.



Make me do all the work. From Jan 29, 2013


The podcast had some interesting details that weren’t in the 2013 post, including the latest updates on the last surviving member of the family.


Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids – educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time.


Did you see this movie? I wanted to, but we’re trying to save some money. The actor who plays Gavin Belson in Silicon Valley directed it.


Cool story, though. Still worth a read.


Pre-BBS, even!


Maybe this is a new, more subtle version of the thread necromancy we’ve been plagued with all summer.


Not yet. It’s a possible for this weekend.


Be sure to let me (well, all of us) know of you liked it. I may go see it anyway. Thanks!


Will do. Enjoy the holiday!




Your denial just proves it


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