To Live Deliberately: Walden & Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire.
Winter 2018 Book Retreat • January 10-15 • Lochsa Lodge, ID
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Clay regards Walden as the American Book. You should read Walden, Desert Solitaire, and “Civil Disobedience” before you arrive. Clay’s preferred edition of Thoreau will be mailed to you. Much of our conversation will involve a detailed examination of this great text, with a particular emphasis on the chapters “Economy,” “Reading,” and “Where I Lived and What I Lived For.” Lochsa Lodge is a great place to read books in mid-winter, but it is a perfect place to read Thoreau’s Walden. Thoreau says you need to read books in the way the author wished you to come to terms with them. You have to read great books, as it were, on tiptoe. Clay believes you cannot give yourself generously to this seminal text without striving to live more deliberately. Edward Abbey was a kind of grumpier Thoreau (if that’s possible), and his classic Desert Solitaire bears chapter-by-chapter comparison with the themes of Walden.