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Monkey Business


“The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.”

—Henry David Thoreau, from Walden, 1854

Well, I’ll be. I guess some things never really do change. In 1845, Henry David built himself a cabin on Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, so he could practice living the simple, independent life. (Yes, he carried his laundry home to Mama, but we can forgive him that, maybe, given that he was such a clever fellow and a great hand with a pen.) While at Walden, he came up with a bunch of pithy observations about fashion and lots of other things and published them nine years later.

Henry David lived and philosophized and wrote from 1817 through 1862 and likely died in the same old duds he was wearing when he wrote those monkey words. Take that, Paris. Photo by cheriedurban

Photo by cheriedurban

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