I started writing this article with the understanding that Stephen Katz–lovably obnoxious hiking companion to Bill Bryson in A Walk in the Woods–was a total work of fiction. I got really mad about it too.
But, I turns out the whole thing remains pretty much true, except Stephen Katz is a pseudonym for Matt Angerer. He lives in Des Moines, and while he’s not crazy about his portrayal in A Walk in the Woods, he admits it’s pretty accurate.
I still don’t like Bill Bryson though.