From twenty-seven of today17s leading writers, an anthology of original pieces on the author of WaldenFeatures 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 Zo#235 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 BoyntonThe world is never done catching up with Henry David Thoreau (1817111862), the author of Walden, 20Civil Disobedience,21 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 today17s leading writers offer wide-ranging original pieces exploring how Thoreau has influenced and inspired them13and 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 Thoreau17s Concord to her native Pakistan Mona Simpson follows in Thoreau17s footsteps at Maine17s Mount Katahdin Jennifer Finney Boylan reads Thoreau in relation to her experience of coming out as a trans woman Adam Gopnik traces Thoreau17s influence on the New Yorker editor E. B. White and his book Charlotte17s Web and there17s 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.
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