Welcome! This is a group for people who are interested in reading and discussing the works of Emerson and Thoreau. All interest levels are welcome. We will meet once a season, to discuss essays and pre-assigned passages. The group's goal is to draw inspiration from the essays, while having them spur our own imaginations. As organizer, my background is in architecture, and I was exposed to the Transcendentalists via the writings of Frank Lloyd Wright, specifically, his indebtedness to Walt Whitman. The idea of beauty, art, goodness, and nature, all conflating into one experience, is the inspiration I gained from these writers/poets. Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming gatherings! A favorite quote by Thoreau, from "Life Without Principle" on the world being a place of "business":
"I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business."