Sunrise at Walden Pond

by Francis McGovern The morning was a time that offered much to Henry David Thoreau and Walden Pond seemed a […]

Thoreau’s Other Waters: The Concord River

When reading Thoreau for the first time, a reader might assume that the writer is speaking aloud his mind, giving […]

My Own Walden

A few years ago, I had a co-worker who was forever being reprimanded for reading on the job. As his customers clamored for their Vegetable Alfredo’s and Pork Cutlet’s, he hid in the waiter’s lounge squinting at a tiny copy of Henry David Thoreau’s book, Walden. Although Eric was continually warned, the manager never took the book away from him adding, “I’ve read it twice.” “Twice,” Eric echoed in awe. Always one for a challenge, I bought a copy of Walden and joined Eric in his rogue reading sessions, helping fulfill Thoreau’s prophecy that readers would “come to this page to spend borrowed or stolen time, robbing your creditors of an hour.”

A Walk to Walden Pond

A Walk commemorating the importance of Henry David Thoreau Walden and Don Henley’s The Boys of Summer. Literary Traveler Home […]

A Transcendentalist in New York: Thoreau’s Staten Island Experience

New York’s “forgotten borough” – Staten Island – is almost never considered as having any claim to literary history or distinction at all. And yet American writers like Herman Melville, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry James and Edwin Arlington Robinson all had connections to the island, whether through family or actually having called the island home at one point in their lives. Of all these writers, it was Thoreau who established the deepest connection to the island”s people, land and, most of all, surrounding ocean.

An Encounter with William Stafford

A life that gives rise to 51 books in the short span of 79 years can certainly be regarded as literary. William Stafford lived such a life.

Make Mine a Large Glass of Bleach

by Matt Kolbet Drinking port in Portugal was a natural fit. I had three souvenir bottles in my luggage, packed between […]

Visiting Harry Potter

by Julie Hatfield Children love to be transported – through books – to places more exciting than where they live. […]

At Home With Virginia Woolf

By Chris Hudson In the final entry of her diary on 24th March 1941, Virginia Woolf left no clues to […]

The High Mountains of Portugal: A Thoughtful but Underwhelming Study of Grief

by Mary Kate Costigan Never let it be said that Yann Martel doesn’t like wild animals. Fifteen years ago he […]