Every generation has something that can crack the reality of a young mind - not all young minds - but young minds strong enough to be able to take the damage and be changed. The age of media, starting I guess with the English translation of the bible (over the Latin one), is where it begins, a rich lineage of books and films coming decade after decade: The Catcher in the Rye, The Wild One, A Clockwork Orange - films and books that once seen or read - if you’re the type of person able to revolt against yourself - lead down a road were there is no going back. For me these films were One Few Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Rumble Fish, both two films that punch so hard into soft reality they take your breath away - well when you’re 15. I was talking to someone in their late 20’s about this sort of earthquake media, stuff that shakes up your brain - coming at a time in life where the mind is on a fault line. He said that for him, the film for his generation was Into the Wild, a film that made him question the path he’d been nudged down all his life. I think Christopher McCandless haunts the lives of many, and that moment of reading Into the Wild, or seeing the film, is another road that cannot be retraced. But I’m sure Christopher - if he had known - that the tragedy of his short life would be composted by celluloid, ink, bits, and from it would sprout such rebellion in the minds of the young - well I’m sure this would have made him smile.
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Andrew Kirkpatrick is a British mountaineer, author, motivational speaker and monologist. He is best known as a big wall climber, having scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 30+ times, including five solo ascents, and two one day ascents, as well as climbing in Patagonia, Africa, Alaska, Antarctica and the Alps.Follow @ Instagram