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Tag Archives: Wendell Berry

How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything.


One of Richard Rohr’s spiritual dicta is that how you do one thing is how you do everything: that there tends to be an organic unity to people, and even to cultures.  The same problem tends to resurface everywhere. Another of his dicta is that you don’t think your way to a new way of […]

Port Royal, Kentucky.


I love the enchantment that love sheds over the world. It is the best companion for an adventure: the unknown is no match for it, the same way you do not fear to hear the worst things about a person you truly love: you love them so much anyway, knowledge can only add to the […]

The Berry Center, New Castle, Kentucky.


We followed the road, US 421, which was narrower, with more twists and turns, than any other federal highway I had ever seen, more a byway than highway. We followed a creekbed and got off the rolling hills into relatively flat country. We were in northern Kentucky, and it was beginning to look, as it […]

Lexington, Kentucky.


I had been to Lexington once before, when in high school.  The university is home to something called the “Tournament of Champions,” which is something like the World Series of Poker for high school debate geeks.  Nevertheless I really did not know what to expect from Lexington.  I remember liking a song in high school […]

The Two Economies, Wendell Berry.


I’ve been reading “The Two Economies” by Wendell Berry again and again the past few days.  I don’t quite understand the structure of the essay – or if it really has one – but on point after point, I can’t quite believe how much another man’s paragraphs contain the contents of my own heart.

The Memory of Old Jack, by Wendell Berry.


Certain things in life surprise me, though I suppose they shouldn’t. Two days ago I visited a large New York City Barnes and Noble – one of those multiple-level bookshops where thousands upon thousands of titles are on the shelves – and I asked if they had any Wendell Berry books. Berry has written more […]



“No specter assails us in more varied disguises than loneliness, and one of its most impenetrable masks is called love.” – Arthur Schnitzler, quoted by Clive James. I’ve been reading James’ Cultural Amnesia, a fine book; essentially excerpts from James’ commonplace-book with essays built around them, on a general theme.  Probably for personal reasons, my […]

Some Wendell Berry.


The Mad Farmer Liberation Front Manifesto: Love the quick profit, the annual raise, vacation with pay. Want more of everything made. Be afraid to know you neighbors and to die. And you will have a window in your head. Not even your future will be a mystery any more. Your mind will be punched in […]

Wendell Berry on why I live the way I do.


“However destructive may be the policies of the government and the methods and products of the corporations, the root of the problem is always to be found in private life. We must learn to see that every problem that concerns us as conservationists always leads straight to the question of how we live. The world […]

Sales Resistance and Killing Chipmunks.


Wendell Berry says that in the preface to his very interesting book Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community that his book about “sales resistance,” a term which I think he never uses again (I do intend to look at the book again and review it).  I presume he means by this term a life less economically […]