This is a tale of a man living alone in a home in the woods near a pond in the town of Lincoln, Mass., not far, as it happens, from the place where a man wrote a book, published 150 years ago this month, about living alone in a home in the woods near a pond. Author and naturalist Henry David Thoreau, in his 1854 book, "Walden," described his retreat to nature at Walden Pond, a small glacial lake in the area of Concord and Lincoln, Mass. "I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swatch and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms," Thoreau wrote in "Walden," also known as "Life in the Woods." If life in nature was brutal, he said, he would "publi...
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