Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Quiet desperation?

9 comments:

Rachel said...

I'm a Walden, and prefer to think that this piece is about my general worldview. :)

Anonymous said...

What's a Walden?

halios said...

well anonymous, thats a question better given to Thoreau and Skinner.

basicly, in both cases (though more arguably with Thoreau) they are theoreticly places in which to restart the course of humanity using more scientific principles.

Thoreau wrote a book called Walden, in which he claimed to have take a plot of land and living alone rendered it to maximized efficiency of produce, farming what not. its greatest cost was living alone.

However Skinner's Walden (walden 2) was much more comunal and gave much more credence to the scientific method as a way of living out every action. also meant to maximize efficency.

more or less. kinda. though i do believe the artist only had Thoreau in mind, as skinner's walden an extrovert would have no less or more issue living in then an introvert. It should be noted that Thoreaue's walden cabin, was safely near his mothers home, and he often got meals from her. so both historicle waldens are more interesting theoriticle experiments then anything else. oh and good reads.

Rachel said...

Anonymous,
Halios explains what Indexed is likely referring to with this illustration - Thoreau's Walden. I got a kick out of it because my last name is Walden, and I need my alone time.

Erik said...

It's funny how Thoreau has become this figure head for back to the landers and hermits, when he didn't actually go more than a day without walking back to his mother's house in Concord and picking up food or partying.

Eli said...

Erik, Thoreau's legacy lies in what he *wrote*, rather than what he may or may not have actually *done*.

This is neither unusual nor remarkable, IMNSHO.

Bill Braine said...

Weird. I thought she was referring to people's penchant for skinnydipping in Thoreau's Walden Pond after hours. Which can be okay, but is more often "eww."

Matthew said...

"Alone" in that he went to town every day.

Matthew said...

A discussion.

 
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