"Immersion in the life of the world, a willingness to be inhabited by and to speak for others, including those beyond the realm of the human, these are the practices not just of the bodhisattva but of the writer." --Jane Hirshfield

Friday, May 4, 2007

But "Walden" Didn't Have Gregory Peck

No, that's not the reason for choosing Moby Dick as Massachusetts' state book. The fifth-graders at Pittsfield’s Egremont Elementary School like Moby Dick for its sense of adventure. From the Boston Herald.

However, the director of the Thoreau Society argues, "I suppose the big case you could make for ’Walden’ being the book for the Commonwealth is that it’s also emblematic of the intellectual revolution that helped the United States craft its own literary and philosophical tradition."

Okay, that's a good argument, but can you make a movie out of Walden? Incidentally, Ray Bradbury was one of the writers of the movie Moby Dick.

Oswald Morris, Cinematographer.

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