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Ken is now on Substack

Video of an oldie — Ken on The Tonight Show in 2013, after his first book was published

Ken Ilgunas is now on Substack. He’s also in the process of deciding whether to also start a podcast, but I suspect he will do that.

You can sign up for his Substack articles here. Some articles will be free, and others will require a subscription.

In his first Substack post, “My bizarre relationship with money,” he explains why he has taken a new approach to managing his career as a writer.

Longtime readers of this blog know Ken well. He lived here on and off for a number of years, starting in 2010. In 2013, he published his first book, Walden on Wheels. His second book, Trespassing Across America, was in 2017, and This Land is Our Land was in 2018. Though he wandered in those years, Acorn Abbey was his home base for seven years. Ken now lives in Scotland with his wife and young daughter. Ken is one of those lucky people with a dual citizenship. His dad was born in Scotland.

For the record, Ken and I email each other regularly and visit when we can. We continue to be literary confederates.

In many ways, Ken is like a time traveler from the future — a better future, from which he comes back to point the way. Whatever Ken is thinking — and his thoughts roam wide over many subjects — always points the way forward. I am 35 years older than Ken. I won’t live in as much of that future as younger people will. But through Ken we older folks can glimpse what that future will look like, as long as good ideas can prevail over all the bad ones.


Ken and me in Edinburgh, September 2019. The dog is Greyfriars Bobby.

One Comment

  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    Thanks David, well said – “But through Ken we older folks can glimpse what that future will look like, as long as good ideas can prevail over all the bad ones”

    Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

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