Now Comes Good Sailing: Writers Reflect on Henry David Thoreau
10:00 am EST
October 3, 2021
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. James Marcus, Zoë Pollak, Tatiana Schlossberg, and Stacey Vanek Smith 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. Moderated Andrew Blauner.