The prolific writings and musings of Henry David Thoreau – the nineteenth-century author, poet, philosopher, and naturalist – cast a very long shadow that reaches deep into our own contemporary lives. For many of us, Thoreau’s profound reflections, stunning twists of phrase, and keen insights help us make some sense of this remarkably complicated world. And they have certainly shaped the life of lifelong Rhode Islander Mike Fink.
Mike Fink is an English professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has produced columns in a wide range of local and national magazines and earned the Providence Journal's Metcalf Award and the National Conference for Community Justice Award, as well as the Never Again Award for journalism.