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Fronting Onlys

Fronting Onlys

by Tom Beattie

ASIN: B076GWT463

Publisher whatdoesitprofit press, LLC

Published in Nonfiction

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My 2-1/2 Cents Worth of Henry David Thoreau.

PINNACLE AWARD WINNER, "Best Book in the Category Biography," Fall 2017.

Woodchucks, girl scouts, and gangsters?!!! Transcendentalism with a modern twist. "I propose to write an ode to reflection. My theme: Who was Henry David Thoreau and why should anybody still give a damn? Part American Lit, part retrofit! And since I consider myself more anybody than anybody, there’ll be plenty of me thrown in, too, just to keep things interesting. Please keep all applause until the end!"

Sample Chapter

INTERVIEW WITH A WOODCHUCK

“Thoreau”?

Yeah, I knew him.

We were neighbors those few years he lived in a cabin by the pond.

(Always wondered how he got a building permit.)

Quiet fella.

Kept to himself mostly.

Walked a lot hereabouts, day and night, rain or shine.

But he’d also sometimes sit for hours stretched out in his doorway. Thinking? Dreaming? Working on his tan? Your guess is as good as mine.

And what a tree hugger! Seen it myself, numerous times. Maple, oak, sycamore--made absolutely no difference to him. Loved birds, fish, and bugs, too. Okay, none of my business. It takes all kinds.

What can I add…? Very tidy, didn’t throw wild parties, was big into recycling. Played the flute, recited Homer, sang as he hoed in his bean-field.

Nice guy.

Right?

So imagine my surprise when he killed and ate my brother.

WTF!

Sure, he was arrested and held overnight, but he was released without a hearing, and that, come to find out, was for another completely unrelated crime.

(Shoulda known it was nuts to hope for justice.)

That’s all I got.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU

1817 - 1862.

American.

Author, historian, and philosopher.

Naturalist, abolitionist, and social reformer.

Leech, deadbeat, and anarchist?

Well…

Wrote Walden; or, Life in the Woods.

Friend of Emerson, Hawthorne, and the Alcott’s.

Hero to grassrooters and rebooters, right and left.

Inspired Tolstoy, Proust, and Hemingway.

Among others.

Including me.

T-SHIRTABLE

In the 1960’s, the late, great Walter Harding published a benchmark biography of Thoreau, which, I confess, I’ve consulted frequently in writing this my own wannabe work. Harding lamented that the “man on the street” back then knew only that Thoreau had lived at Walden Pond and spent some time in jail. I doubt that many on my street now, man or woman, know that much! Yours either.

My own unscientific survey suggests that most people today remember Thoreau for one truly t-shirtable quote, even if some don’t remember it was he who said it:

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

(I’ll take an X-large in teal, please!)

But all that changes now.

I propose to write an ode to reflection. My theme: Who was Henry David Thoreau and why should anybody still give a damn? Part American Lit, part retrofit! And since I consider myself more anybody than anybody, there’ll be plenty of me thrown in, too, just to keep things interesting.

PLEASE HOLD ALL APPLAUSE UNTIL THE END

“I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.”

--Henry David Thoreau, Walden

From Fronting Onlys: My 2-1/2 Cents Worth of Henry David Thoreau (as adjusted for inflation, taxes, and mishandling fees) by Tom Beattie. Published by whatdoesitprofit press, LLC. Copyright (c) 2017. All rights reserved.

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Tom Beattie

Tom Beattie

Tom Beattie is a self-published author and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner. His work has been described as "often humorous" and "elegantly philosophical." He lives in Rhode Island with his husband David and their two cats Candide and Cunegonde.

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