Henry David Thoreau
An influential author, philosophor, and dope beard enthusiast.
Heems is probably drawing a contrast between William S. Burroughs, a postmodernist writer known for being a heroin addict, the crowded urban life in the five boroughs of New York City, compared with the naturalist and simple living leanings of Thoreau. Thoreau also espoused many philosophies which Heems likely relates to, such as direct action and civil disobedience
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