I’m getting ahead of myself.

I still have a couple papers to finish up for the term, but I’m already fantasizing about the books I’ll read this summer. (If you didn’t know I was geeky by now, you haven’t been paying attention.)

I was all set to start my summer with The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner, but over the past week I’ve been thinking about Thoreau’s Walden — which, of course, we all read in high school, right?

Well, sure, I did, but I don’t remember anything from high school.

I do remember the line “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity.” I conjure that up every day. It’s been especially strong this week after hearing a quote on Writer’s Almanac that made me long to strike out on some mountain hiking trail and lose myself in the woods for a while, even if that is impractical and unreasonable:

“Personally I believe that man’s fascination for art lies in our unsatisfied desire for identity. I believe that our unarticulated longing for freedom, our painful and impractical and completely unreasonable longing for freedom derives simply from the fact that we are shut up inside that system of apparent necessities which is called our personality…”

— Johan Borgen (Words Through the Years, 1966)