Plot[ edit ] I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. Readers are reminded that at the time of publication, Thoreau is back to living among the civilized again.
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Listen to the podcast here: Tom was a dear friend and colleague: I got the news as soon as I awoke Monday. Even though I knew he was seriously ill, it still came as a shock. It seemed too soon, still too much to do, and too many things I would still like to hear him speak and write about, but now would be unspoken and unwritten.
Tom was a comrade in our same organization, Students for a Democratic Society, and in the same battles for peace and justice before I got to know him well enough to be among those he called his friends.
My first indirect contact with him was through typewritten mimeographed pages stapled together in an SDS pamphlet that sold for 10 cents.
These were his writings as a student journalist and activist from the front lines of the freedom struggle in Mississippi and Georgia. We also got deeper messages about commitment and physical courage.
In addition to his accounts of vivid battles in well-written prose, we also got other deeper messages about commitment and physical courage. It was not enough for us just to hold good opinions about social and political matters.
We had to be engaged, body and soul, willing to be, as Tom was, on the receiving end of a billy club in Mississippi or the insides of a Georgia jail. Again indirectly, he inspired me to visit an SDS community organizing project in Cleveland on my way back to the University of Nebraska via hitchhiking.
Within hours, we had two carloads, students and community folks, off to Memphis to continue the March. Those experiences were powerful and changed my life. At the national office, I learned more about Hayden, this time in regular print. We distributed, of course, the nicely printed Port Huron Statement.
This brings me to my next way of knowing Tom, through black-and-white celluloid film. We had very little money, so to travel, I took literature to sell and films to show along the way, at each stop making enough to get to the next. One of the films, about 30 minutes long, was called Troublemakers.
It was about our community project in Newark, and featured Tom, among others. We got to see him at work, bringing people together, asking lots of questions, drawing people out to feel comfortable with their own ideas, and their own potential for political power.
Tom was always laid back, non-domineering, but still serving as a catalyst, working toward united action. It was a good model for those of us who aspired to be organizers.Also Extracts from Diodorus Siculus, Josephus, and Tacitus, Relating to the Jews, Together with an Appendix (English) (as Author) A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, or the Causes of Corrupt Eloquence Texte latin avec introduction, notes et lexique des noms propres (French) (as Author) La Germanie.
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Peace activist and spiritual leader Rabbi Arthur Waskow and activist and SDS vet Carl Davidson, joined Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio, Friday, Oct. 28, , p.m. (CT), to discuss the life and legacy of Tom Hayden.
Listen to the podcast here. The missing pages of Henry David Thoreau's journal covering his six month stay in New York represent a treasure chest to the writer of historical fiction.
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