Sep 10

Walden by Thoreau and Mekas

Walden by Thoreau

Walden by Mekas

Thoreau spent two years in a cabin by himself near the Walden Pond in the woodland near Massachusetts. He lived simply and spent considerable amounts of his time reading and writing. He received guests regularly. He regarded his sojourn at Walden as an experiment to live a simple, agrarian lifestyle, away from the dehumanizing effects of the Industrial Revolution and, through nature, to sensitize his awareness of how one’s life is lived and how one might choose to live it more purposefully.

Almost a century later, Jonas Mekas, shooting film diaries of his friends, strung up a 180-min portrait of the New York avant-garde art scene of the 60s and a groundbreaking work of personal cinema.

I stayed for 2 years near the reservoir in the east. I’ll be moving soon.

c) to put into practice the Transcendentalist belief that one can best “transcend” normality and experience the Ideal, or the Divine, through nature.