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"The Global Thoreau Community: A Conversation – Part 2" - Shared screen with speaker view
Geoff Wisner
26:19
Reading Brian Bartlett's Branches Over Ripples now. Highly recommended.
Ian LeTourneau
33:28
heartily agree with the recommendation of Branches over Ripples!
Shop at Walden Pond
35:14
Brian -- That's the same edition of WALDEN that I bought in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1975! ~ Corinne at the Shop at Walden Pond
Shop at Walden Pond
35:54
I underlined, too, for the first time -- but didn't yet use a ruler.
Geoff Wisner
37:45
In keeping with Brian's point about Thoreau's gratitude, it's notable how many times in the Journal Thoreau says "I love" something.
Michael Berger
42:23
Yes, didn't he explicitly say somewhere that his Journal should be a record of his love? Geoff probably can identify the exact passage.
Geoff Wisner
46:05
Nov. 16, 1850. My Journal should be the record of my love. I would write in it only of the things I love, my affection for any aspect of the world, what I love to think of.
Geoff Wisner
46:38
Your audio has been cutting out, Henrik.
Antonio Casado da Rocha
48:14
@jan, in Spanish almost everything but the whole journal (only some selections thereof)
Antonio Casado da Rocha
50:42
Hi @Jayne, wonderful to see and hear you yesterday!
Geoff Wisner
50:58
I think it's an Internet connection problem, Henrik. Image freezes and audio cuts out.
Michael Frederick
54:20
"In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line. You will pardon some obscurities, for there are more secrets in my trade than in most men’s, and yet not voluntarily kept, but inseparable from its very nature." WALDEN
Geoff Wisner
01:02:05
Thoreau generally used the word cabin to describe muskrat lodges!
Dennis Noson
01:02:11
Just yesterday I found a passage in Thoreau's Journal where Thoreau love of his surveying work (or fence building) as closer to [true or immediate] perception and delightful enjoyment than cultural / literary pursuits (Oct. 29 '57). Is this true connection between our day jobs (surveying) and being aware and persistently observant of the natural world around us always a potential? (I think of the window by my desk-- if I open in, I hear the Bewick's Wren, an arresting sound, a pause in work concentration.)
Michael Frederick
01:02:47
Thoreau uses "hut" twice in WALDEN according to Walter Harding's Annotated WALDEN, IF, my memory serves me correctly.
Geoff Wisner
01:03:56
Winter Animals: "I took this course when I went to lecture in Lincoln in the evening, travelling in no road and passing no house between my own hut and the lecture room."
Geoff Wisner
01:04:33
Same chapter: "One day a man came to my hut from Lexington to inquire after his hound that made a large track, and had been hunting for a week by himself."
Dennis Noson
01:06:49
Geoff: according to a place-name analysis I made of Thoreau's journal, the word "house" is his most common way of denoting his shelter on the cove.
Geoff Wisner
01:07:07
Yes, absolutely. Even more so in the Journal.
Geoff Wisner
01:07:30
Pardon me. Thought you were talking about Walden.
Don Watson
01:09:00
Glad that Bergur mentioned right-wing militia in our time and Thoreau from his perspective.
Geoff Wisner
01:17:03
The chilling image Brian mentioned. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-dystopian-lincoln-memorial-photo-raises-a-grim-question-will-they-protect-us-or-will-they-shoot-us/2020/06/03/7a1c52b4-a5b7-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html
Carolina Santos
01:18:07
Thanks for sharing Georg
Carolina Santos
01:18:12
Geoff
Gayle Rosenfeld
01:18:58
Thank you, panelists, for your time and insights!
Michael Berger
01:21:14
Thank you all for a wonderful conversation. I'm imagining the porch at the Colonial Inn
Rebecca Gould
01:21:16
There’s a great discussion of “Resistance to Civil Government” in the Walls biography.
Don Watson
01:21:35
Thank-you MF for your addition.
Antonio Casado da Rocha
01:21:38
Well put, Mike!
Rebecca Gould
01:23:32
Including that HDT recognizes his privilege in being able to risk jail for multiple nights — he doesn’t have children, has flexible work — and he realizes how hard it is for his fellow Concordians to take similar risks. An important point.
Geoff Wisner
01:25:35
To Henrik's point, my first experience of civil disobedience was the occupation of the Seabrook nuclear power plant in 1977, when I was a college freshman.
Don Watson
01:25:37
What a glowing conversation! Thank-you to RG for facilitating and to all the panelists for their participation.
Antonio Casado da Rocha
01:25:38
Absolutely, Rebecca.
Carolina Santos
01:26:12
Grateful for all panelists !
Michael Frederick
01:28:59
"From Thoreau, WALDEN: The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever! The faint silvery warblings heard over the partially bare and moist fields from the blue-bird, the song-sparrow, and the red-wing, as if the last flakes of winter tinkled as they fell!"
Michael Frederick
01:29:03
WALDEN
Michael Berger
01:29:37
Thoreau's emphasis on morning also speaks to hope.
Antonio Casado da Rocha
01:29:48
Indeed!
Don Watson
01:30:16
MF: wonderful quote!
Michael Frederick
01:30:39
"Surely joy is the condition of life. Think of the young fry that leap in ponds, the myriads of insects ushered into being on a summer evening, the incessant note of the hyla with which the woods ring in the spring, the nonchalance of the butterfly carrying accident and change painted in a thousand hues upon its wings, or the brook minnow stoutly stemming the current, the lustre of whose scales worn bright by the attrition is reflected upon the bank." "Natural History of Massachusetts," HDT
Brian Bartlett
01:31:43
Michael Berger, I’m working on an essay about morning in Thoreau
Natasha Shabat
01:31:57
Love the quote about joy
Michael Berger
01:32:10
Beautiful, Brian! Thanks for this conversation!
Geoff Wisner
01:32:11
I look forward to reading it, Michael!
Antonio Casado da Rocha
01:32:49
Gracias! Thanks!!!