Via the Not So Subtle blog comes word that the whackamoles at National Endowment for the Arts are spending $40,000 to support a video game based on Thoreau’s book Walden. As you may recall from middle school reading assignments, Walden is Thoreau’s recollections of his experiences at Walden Pond, where he built a cabin and sought to immerse himself in nature to become more independent and self-sufficient. Building cabins and immersing oneself in nature being generally frowned upon these days, the NEA has decided that a video game is the best path to reconnecting our children with nature.
Reports that the video game will be constructed from twigs and leaves and operated by solar power are apparently unfounded. When asked for comment, a spokesman for the NEA said they do not suggest playing the Walden game outdoors, nor near an actual pond, as the game is not waterproof.
Thoreau was unavailable for comment.