Rock Journalists ... or ... Academic Scribblers?
(Frank Zappa) reserved some of his keenest insults for rock journalists, which (sic) he once described as "people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."
higher education in serious, and silly, moments, with the lagniappe of personal reflections on sundry topics. "(Moo) was really fun to write. I laughed at all the jokes - it was probably my favorite writing experience - so I liked it very much." ~Jane Smiley
As a MA native, I grew up thinking about Thoreau. When the first book I coedited was compared to Walden by an overly kind foreword writer, I can't say I wasn't pleased, though it was not our intention with that volume. I laughed when a colleague later informed me that HDT went home to lunch with his mother most days, though I have never confirmed this item.
I finally visited Walden Pond one year, on the way home from a program to recruit minority graduate students at Phillips Academy (Andover). As I sat on its public beach, after touring the tiny and famous hut reconstructed on the site, a Latino toddler next to me pulled his shorts down and urinated in the water. I couldn't stop smiling. I think Thoreau might have loved this juxtaposition. I certainly did.