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What are Henry David Thoreau's views on correspondence and daily news?  

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The answer to this question can be found in Henry David Thoreau's Walden. More specifically, a reader should check the chapter titled "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For." The specific set of quotes comes fairly early in the section:

For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it. To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life—I wrote this some years ago—that were worth the postage . . . And I am sure that I never read any memorable news in a newspaper.

Thoreau doesn't come out and expressly say that reading news and letters is a "waste of time," but it is...

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