In March of 1845, Ellery Channing said to Henry David Thoreau, "Go out upon that, build yourself a hut, & there begin the grand process of devouring yourself alive. I see no other alternative, no other hope for you." That July, Thoreau moved into a house on Walden pond, and two years later emerged to write one of the most famous works of transcendentalist literature, Walden.
History appears to be repeating itself, as comic book writer Ales Kot has announced plans to shut down his social media presence and spend four months living in the woods. Is there any reason not to expect that Kot will emerge with a new comics work of similar gravity and importance? None that we can think of.
Kot announced his plans on Facebook on September 22, writing, "Leaving New York October 15 and spending the next 3-4 months in the woods. If you want to see me before I go, you have until then." Kot then announced it again on September 26, writing, "On my quest to fuck the clown from IT,,, social media account will be deactivated as i descend into a different kind of a sewer." On September 29, Kot announced his plans a third time, this time writing, "If there's parties tonight and/or tomorrow (Brooklyn / NY) holler at me. I'm keeping my Fb account for the next 13 or so days and then it gets deleted so if you ever wanted to tell me about a great party, now's probably the time." There's no telling how many more times Kot will announce that he's leaving social media before October 15, nor how many great parties he'll have opportunity to learn about before then, but we'll be sure to keep a close eye on things.
Kot did allow that he might occasionally post a photo to Instagram during his hiatus, which is fair enough; Thoreau did the same thing.