Archives For Wendell Berry

 

As a follow-up to yesterday’s list of the 25 best books from the first half of 2014, here are 25 Books to Watch for in the Second Half of 2014.

 

Fiction | General Non-Fiction | Poetry | Christian Theology/Praxis

Fiction Books:

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Quote of the Day:
“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.”
-Igor Stravinsky, born on this day, 1882
 
Poem of the Day:
June Wind by Wendell Berry
 
Kindle Ebook of the Day: 
Coffee With Jesus by David Wilkie – $1.99!!!

 
 

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The Wake Up Call – June 17, 2014

 

A great conversation between Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, on the occasion of their new book

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2013
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An Unexpected Hybrid: The Environmental Agrarianism of Wendell Berry

A Review of

Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition: A Common Grace

Kimberly K. Smith

Paperback: UPress of Kansas, 2003
Newly Released in Paperback!
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Reviewed by Sam F. Chamelin

 

With the establishment of every new farmer’s market and urban rooftop garden, the marriage of agrarianism and environmentalism becomes more an assumption than experiment.  In a different era, concerns about issues such as GMO’s and topsoil erosion would be considered divergent and unrelated subjects.  Increasingly, we see these topics related to one another in critical ways, and there is a deep hunger for communal living in an intentional place. Much of the enthusiasm for these movements can be attributed to the inimitable pen of Wendell Berry.  In Wendell Berry and the Agrarian Tradition:  A Common Grace, Kimberly K. Smith offers us a thoughtful roadmap to Wendell Berry’s environmental agrarianism.  If, in the 21st century, we assume an easy combination of these divergent DNA strands, it is because of Berry, as Smith notes, “If Berry’s ecological agrarianism doesn’t look particularly innovative to us, it is because he makes the marriage of agrarian and environmental though seem so natural that we assume agrarianism always implied ecological sensitivity – or that ecological sensitivity always implied support for family farming.”

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One of the Best Books of 2013 is…

This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems: 1979-2012

Wendell Berry

Hardback: Counterpoint Press, 2013
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[ Our full list of 2013’s Best Books ]

Read excerpts from ERB editor Chris Smith’s review of Wendell Berry’s THIS DAY.
 
Earlier this month, Wendell Berry gave the Chubb Lecture at Yale University.  While the whole lecture and the conversation following it is well-worth your time, the session closes with Wendell Berry reading three new poems from THIS DAY.  We have cued the video below to start at the beginning of this reading.
 
The poems read here are: “Times Will Come As They Must” (2013, starts at 1:13:35), “After the Long Weeks” (2012, 1:17:45) and “As A Child, the Mad Farmer Saw Easily” (2012, 1:18:45).
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We’re convinced that books make the best Christmas gifts…

And knowing that our readers have many family members and friends who love to read, we offer the following new book suggestions…

 


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A talk by Wendell Berry given at Georgetown College earlier this year…

Even if you don’t agree with Berry (and I imagine that most would object to some facet of what he says here…), there is much to think about in this talk.  I encourage you to take half-an-hour and watch it.

A brief synopsis of this talk by Wendell Berry can be found here

 
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Here are a few new book releases from this week that are worth checking out:

(Where possible, we have also tried to include a review/interview related to the book…)

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This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 1979 – 2012
By Wendell Berry

*** Other Books by Wendell Berry

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This important hour-long video on Wendell Berry was just released by Bill Moyers…

Watch for Wendell Berry’s newest book, which will be released soon:

This Day: New and Collected Sabbath Poems 1979-2012
Wendell Berry

Hardback:  Counterpoint, 2013.
Buy now:  [ Amazon
 

*** Other Books by Wendell Berry

[ FREE MP3s of Wendell Berry
Reading his Poems
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Today is the 130th anniversary of the birth of poet William Carlos Williams…

In celebration here are three poems:

QUEEN-ANN’S-LACE
William Carlos Williams

Books by William Carlos Williams ]
[ Our review of
Wendell Berry’s book: The Poetry of Wm. Carlos Williams of Rutherford ]

 
 
Her body is not so white as
anemony petals nor so smooth–nor
so remote a thing. It is a field
of the wild carrot taking
the field by force; the grass
does not raise above it.
Here is no question of whiteness,
white as can be, with a purple mole
at the center of each flower.
Each flower is a hand’s span
of her whiteness. Wherever
his hand has lain there is
a tiny purple blemish. Each part
is a blossom under his touch
to which the fibres of her being
stem one by one, each to its end,
until the whole field is a
white desire, empty, a single stem,
a cluster, flower by flower,
a pious wish to whiteness gone over–
or nothing.
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