Now comes good sailing : writers reflect on Henry David Thoreau
|Format:||Print Book 2021|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
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.
ContentsWild 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.
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|Publisher|| Princeton :Princeton University Press,2021
xv, 348 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.