Now comes good sailing : writers reflect on Henry David Thoreau

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From twenty-seven of today's leading writers, an anthology of original pieces on the author of Walden

Features essays by Jennifer Finney Boylan * Kristen Case * George Howe Colt * Gerald Early * Paul Elie * Will Eno * Adam Gopnik * Lauren Groff * Celeste Headlee * Pico Iyer * Alan Lightman * James Marcus * Megan Marshall * Michelle Nijhuis * Zoë Pollak * Jordan Salama * Tatiana Schlossberg * A. O. Scott * Mona Simpson * Stacey Vanek Smith * Wen Stephenson * Robert Sullivan * Amor Towles * Sherry Turkle * Geoff Wisner * Rafia Zakaria * and a cartoon by Sandra Boynton

The world is never done catching up with Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), the author of Walden , "Civil Disobedience," and other classics. A prophet of environmentalism and vegetarianism, an abolitionist, and a critic of materialism and technology, Thoreau even seems to have anticipated a world of social distancing in his famous experiment at Walden Pond. In Now Comes Good Sailing , twenty-seven of today's leading writers offer wide-ranging original pieces exploring how Thoreau has influenced and inspired them--and why he matters more than ever in an age of climate, racial, and technological reckoning.

Here, Lauren Groff retreats from the COVID-19 pandemic to a rural house and writing hut, where, unable to write, she rereads Walden ; Pico Iyer describes how Thoreau provided him with an unlikely guidebook to Japan; Gerald Early examines Walden and the Black quest for nature; Rafia Zakaria reflects on solitude, from Thoreau's Concord to her native Pakistan; Mona Simpson follows in Thoreau's footsteps at Maine's Mount Katahdin; Jennifer Finney Boylan reads Thoreau in relation to her experience of coming out as a trans woman; Adam Gopnik traces Thoreau's influence on the New Yorker editor E. B. White and his book Charlotte's Web ; and there's much more.

The result is a lively and compelling collection that richly demonstrates the countless ways Thoreau continues to move, challenge, and provoke readers today.

Wild apples / Lauren Groff
My guidebook to Japan / Pico Iyer
Walden and the black quest for nature, or, My summer vacation with Big Sis / Gerald Early
Twenty-four hours on Pea Island / Jordan Salama
Fragility of solitude / Rafia Zakaria
My failure / Mona Simpson
Without / Megan Marshall
To a slower life / Alan Lightman
Walden as an art / Robert Sullivan
Year of not living thickly / Sherry Turkle
If I had loved her less / Jennifer Finney Boylan
Following Thoreau / Kristen Case
Thoreau on ice / George Howe Colt
Record of my love: Thoreau and the art of science / Michelle Nijhuis
Apples of his eye / A.O. Scott
You bring the weather with you / Zoe Pollak
Thoreau in love / James Marcus
As for clothing / Amor Towles
On pencils and purpose / Celeste Headlee
House that Thoreau built / Paul Elie
Is it worth the while? / Geoff Wisner
Few elements of American style / Adam Gopnik
Concord is a kind of word / Will Eno
Dolittle's Rebellion / Stacey Vanek Smith
Ice, for the time being / Tatiana Schlossberg
Walden at Midnight: three walks with Thoreau / Wen Stephenson
Simplify, simplify / Sandra Boynton.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Literary agent Blauner (In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs) brings together in this dynamic collection 27 essays on the life of Henry David Thoreau (1817--1862) and his most famous work, Walden; or, Life in the Woods. The contributors address what about Thoreau's life and writing inspired them, and what he has to say to readers today. In "My Guidebook to Japan," Pico Iyer writes that Thoreau's essays taught him how to appreciate Kyoto, Japan, "by learning to look at everything around me." Alan Lightman suggests in "To a Slower Life" that the naturalist's work is a reminder to get back to the beauty of wasting time, while Sherry Turkle writes in "The Year of Not Living Thickly" that technology has made people fearful of the solitude that was so important to Thoreau. In " 'The Record of My Love': Thoreau and the Art of Science," Michelle Nijhuis honors the author's close-observation skills. Taken together, the pieces make a convincing case that Thoreau's work is ever-relevant and deserving of continued wide readership: "Even you, paltry worried creature of the twenty-first century--reach through the general then into particular and then into the stuff of self," urges Lauren Groff. Thoreau fans will be delighted. (Oct.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Thoreau, Henry David, -- 1817-1862 -- Influence.
Publisher Princeton :Princeton University Press,2021
Contributors Blauner, Andrew, editor.
Language English
Description xv, 348 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780691215228
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