I've been sadly amused by the recent celebrations of Thoreau's 200th birthday, and the repeated claim that he embodies American individuality. The U.S., where I spent decades, is the most conformist culture I've ever experienced (including Japan, a nation that prides itself on being conformist).
As for Thoreau...I think Kathryn Schultz gets it right in this New Yorker piece.
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dogo barry graham
author, poet, journalist, zen buddhist monk in glasgow. socialist, for scottish independence.