Walden Pondered

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The replica of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond (photo by Ryan Taylor, Flickr)

“Walden” doesn’t really have a plot. It’s one part memoir, one part self-help and 10 parts rant about everything wrong with American society. So why do we still read Henry David Thoreau’s memoir about living in the woods?

It was a blast to produce this piece for Studio 360’s long-running American Icons series, and to have it sit alongside amazing docs like the ones about the Lincoln Memorial, Moby Dick, and I Love Lucy.