Speaking a Word for Success

Brad Dean, 1954-2006

| January 2006

Picture, if you can, a Thoreau scholar riding a motorcycle.

In late February 2003, I emailed the editor of the Thoreau Society Bulletin addressing him as "Bradley P. Dean," saying that I was a new member of the Society and had just enjoyed reading the Fall 2002 Bulletin. Telling him that I'd been finding many Thoreauvian references of late, I quoted Thoreau's journal entry of November 4, 1858 -- "We cannot see anything until we are possessed with the idea of it, and then we can hardly see anything else" -- and then appended a dozen or so bibliographic notes from a variety of contemporary sources.