“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived, ” Henry David Thoreau famously wrote in Walden, his account of two years spent in a cabin on the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. His exploration of man’s relationship to the natural world, and his quest for an existence stripped of artifice, is widely considered to be one of the foundational pieces of nature writing—a This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Seven Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Garden Issue 37 Ron Finley An exclusive excerpt from our book, The Kinfolk Garden. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Rendered Impossible Those who can only dream of the great outdoors may as well have some fun while doing it. Arts & Culture Issue 37 Jane Goodall From her perch in the tiny Tanzanian nature reserve of Gombe, primatologist Jane Goodall changed how we understand the nature of chimpanzees—and ourse Arts & Culture Issue 37 Home Grown In conversation with a plant stylist. Arts & Culture Issue 37 The Force of Nature What do we risk losing when “natural” becomes a synonym for “good”? Ana Kinsella investigates. Arts & Culture Food Issue 37 Bug Out How to eat insects.