Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Encourage Reading by Making Books Dumber

A recently announced project on Kickstarter aims to fund the publication of a revised edition of Walden with “modernized vocabulary” and the aim of allowing “modern readers” to be enriched by the famous book.

Of course, the problem may be that Thoreau is the least interesting of the Transcendentalists. 

Also, his relationship with the woods was better in theory than in reality, as noted by author Bill Bryson when he said, "The inestimably priggish and tiresome Henry David Thoreau thought nature was splendid, splendid indeed, so long as he could stroll to town for cakes and barley wine, but when he experienced real wilderness, on a visit to Katahdin in 1846, he was unnerved to the core."