The Art of Seeing
How Thoreau improved my vision
I thought my vision was pretty good. Not quite 20–20, but close. Then I read Thoreau.
Yes, that Thoreau. Forget what you may have read by or about the “hermit Concord.” He is misunderstood. His experiment on Walden Pond was about seeing. All the rest — the solitude, the simplicity — were means to this end.