Friday, May 12, 2017

100 REFLECTIONS" The Sages of Concord #35 


POND SCUM. Yes, you read that right. She is referring to Thoreau as pond scum. (click on the title to see the article) Granted, Scultz wrote the article and probably didn't come up with the Title. But whoever did come up with "Pond Scum" was surely reflecting the tone of her article. I recommend reading it, if only to familiarize yourself with some of the attitudes that many people, who only skim the surface of Walden, come away with. "Who did his laundry?"; "He didn't really live in the wilderness"; "He was a hermit who hated people and people hated him."

Donovan Hohn has a great rebuttal to this essay entitled, "Everybody Hates Henry" in The New Republic (Oct. 21, 2015):

"Of the many charges her indictment levels against Thoreau, the one Schulz gives greatest weight is the charge of Puritanical misanthropy. “Food, drink, friends, family, community, tradition, most work, most education, most conversation: all this he dismissed as outside the real business of living,” she writes. Biographically, she is mistaken on pretty much every count."

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