Unease at the pond

Why, I wonder, all this brouhaha over the recent condemnation of Thoreau’s Walden? Say Schulz has spoken falsely: has she thereby harmed Thoreau? His life is lived. All our clever pixels make not one jot of difference to Mr. Thoreau. And if she has spoken truly, should we not thank her for the service? For she has helped us to read Walden more skeptically, to despise, and then to forget, Thoreau himself, the hypocrite — if such he was. To kill our curiosity after a foreign life, and so bring us back to our own – again, should we not thank her for the service?

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Parry

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