On Oct.18th, at 7:00 pm, local author John Clapp will present an essay titled Thoreau Simplified, which was originally given at the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering in July, 2018. This talk is designed for those who consider themselves well-read but not scholars and who struggle with how to approach some of Thoreau’s writings. John Clapp will offer ways to better understand Thoreau’s book Walden, by breaking down some of the more dense and allusive passages. In Walden, Thoreau wrote “Perhaps these pages are more particularly addressed to the poor students. As for the rest of my readers, they will accept such portions as apply to them.” In his talk, John will show ways to pull out portions that resonate with each person in their own way. “After all,” says John, “it was Thoreau who said Simplify, Simplify.”
John will also read from a few of his original poems inspired by Thoreau’s sharp eye at observing nature, poems that incorporate some of Westhampton’s wildness. There will be time for discussion after the presentation. His book Tale of Two Cabins, Comparative Story’s of Thoreau’s Cabin, Nature, and Life will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be offered.