The New Walden
Today, Thoreau’s Walden is more relevant than ever, but it has been said that the book’s readership is declining. I’d like to change that. // When I first read Walden in 2014, it had a profound impact on me. Having gone through a period of career burnout followed by radical lifestyle change, I could see that Thoreau’s ideas on simplicity, consumerism, and busyness had an uncanny relevance to the challenges we face today. I shared my enthusiasm for the book with anyone willing to listen. But I kept having to couch my recommendations: “This is an incredible book, but the 19th-century language is hard to digest at times. But stick with it, and you’ll be glad you did!” This situation bothered me. I didn’t want to keep telling people they should read Walden – ‘BUT’ ... // While Walden has always been a challenging book, the evolution of language over the past two centuries has made it harder for modern readers to get into the text. // I’m creating a newly annotated, hardcover edition of Walden that I hope will play at least some small part in solving this problem. // Our annotations are relatively sparse. We don’t wish to create a study companion as much as an unobtrusive guide. The goal is to leave you alone with the text as much as possible but to provide enough insight so that you can keep your smartphone in your pocket.
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