“I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, barns, cattle, and farming tools; for these are more easily acquired than got rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labor in.”

—Henry David Thoreau

Inspired by Thoreau, a former investment banker has created a minimalist haven, with huge windows and 1,500 books. (Because that’s what Thoreau had in mind, of course — a multi-million dollar monument to ego and power)


(For a review of one of the books by Mr. Barr mentioned in the article, see “Blackface and the Poetry Foundation.”)