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Thoreau’s Axe: A Conversation with Author Caleb Smith

September 7, 2023


At Thoreau Farm

Free Event, registration required

"Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things," Henry David Thoreau wrote in Walden (1854), offering a warning about technology and distraction that resonates in our own time. In conversation with Daegan Miller, Caleb Smith will discuss his new book Thoreau's Axe: Distraction and Discipline in American Culture, exploring how nineteenth-century Americans understood the problem of distraction, as well as the ways they tried to rehabilitate their powers of attention.