Monday, February 23, 2015

Philoctetes redivivus?

Normally we tend to shy away from "modern equivalents" of ancient figures - for good reason. But in this case, let's make an exception:
Eventually, the agents found the man. He was unclothed, appeared to be in his mid-30s (he's now in his late 40s, give or take a few years), and always armed with a bow-and-arrow. Their encounters fell into a well-worn pattern: tense standoffs, ending in frustration or tragedy. On one occasion, the Indian delivered a clear message to one agent who pushed the attempts at contact too far: an arrow to the chest.
Read more of Slate's tale of "The Most Isolated Man on the Planet" 

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