For all of us who look to the woods, wilderness and open road for an escape or adventure of a lifetime, the word Thoreau means something. He was the guy who made tiny homes cool, cabins rad, and giving the middle finger to society sexy. Most of us have probably read his quotes peppered across media and mediums, from Instagram to Pinterest, text books to your summer reading list. The truth of the matter is this: for anyone whose actually read a Thoreau novel from cover to cover can attest to the dense and complex text as well as the struggle that comes along with a few hundred pages written in old English – it may as well be another language!
If you’re asking yourself: What exactly is he (the guy writing) getting at: look no further. The New Yorker has published an article called Pond Scum by Kathryn Schulz that exposes the truth about Walden and the guy who called that tiny cabin in Emerson’s backyard (yes, it was in his backyard) home.