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Thoreau at Walden

Thoreau at WaldenIf you have built cas­tles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foun­da­tions under them.”

I’m re-read­ing Hen­ry David Thoreau’s Walden; or Life in the Woods. I do this once each year in Feb­ru­ary, when it’s dark and snowy and cold here in Min­neso­ta. The calm, mea­sured writ­ing reminds me to live delib­er­ate­ly, engage in con­ver­sa­tion with friends, slow down, and above all to see and hear and be grate­ful for the world in which I live.

I do not wish to live in the woods in a cab­in. Well, not most days. Sim­ple sounds appeal­ing, but Thore­au reminds me that life is not sim­ple any­where.

There are so many Quotable Quotes in Walden that it is some­times dif­fi­cult to make read­ing progress. There is too much reflect­ing going on.

Do you need an acces­si­ble way to intro­duce stu­dents or the teens in your fam­i­ly to Walden? Thore­au at Walden by John Por­celli­no, with an intro­duc­tion by D.B. John­son (Hype­r­i­on Books) is exact­ly what you need. This graph­ic nov­el will entice its read­ers to want to know more. The clear, often word­less, illus­tra­tions are ide­al for involv­ing the reader’s brain and mak­ing the text inter­ac­tive. “Could he sur­vive, pos­si­bly even thrive, by strip­ping away all super­flu­ous lux­u­ries, liv­ing a plain, sim­ple life in rad­i­cal­ly reduced con­di­tions?” (Jonathan Levin, intro to Barnes & Noble Clas­sic Ver­sion of Walden) In an age of tech­no­log­i­cal mar­vels and chal­lenges, could there be a bet­ter time for this book?

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