Thoreau voices strong opinions and they can be refreshingly blunt and funny, though it isn’t always clear that he means them to be humorous.  It seems he didn’t draw too much inspiration from New England journals.

‘Most New England biographies and journals – John Adams’s not excepted – affect me like opening of the tombs.’  26 September 1851

Source: Henry David Thoreau, The Journal 1837-1861, Damion Searls (ed.), preface by John R. Stilgoe (New York: New York Review Books, 2009), p. 83

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