The Thoreau You Don’t Know: What the Prophet of Environmentalism Really Meant
by Robert Sullivan
Not only does this book illuminate the myth of Thoreau, but it unearthed to me another interesting writer, Sullivan himself. Consider this sentence alone, “Walden is the light on at night for the person on the back road, for the tired traveler wondering how much farther they have to go and then realizing that the path is what matters”.
I feel privileged to have camped a month ago on Pillsbury Island, furthest northern point of Thoreau’s expeditions to Maine. Pencils, canoes, and firewood continue to be viable tools here in this northeast corner of the US, and to have any connection at all to this original thinker and his books gives me hope.