Thoreau's Leaves: the Thoreau Podcast presents atmospheric excerpts from the journal of Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau's journal comes down to us as a spiritual document unlike anything else in American letters: a great writer's daily exercise in mindfulness, spanning 25 years and roughly 2 million words. He started it in 1837, aged 20, at the suggestion of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and continued it until right before his own death in 1862. More than his timeless and masterful book Walden, or his clarion call of an essay "Walking," the journal was Thoreau's life work. In these vast pages, we see Thoreau making a writer of himself as he sets down evidence of his enduring commitment to a nonconformist vision and to a life in nature. The thoughts and impressions recorded on these daily leaves retain a power for us today: the power to recenter, uplift, console, and inspire.
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