Archives For Wendell Berry

“Ask the questions that have no answers. /
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias. /
Say that your main crop is the forest/
that you did not plant, /
that you will not live to harvest.”
-Wendell Berry,
who was born on this date, 1934
(Happy 80th Birthday!!!)

 

Poem of the Day:
“It is Hard To Have Hope”
Wendell Berry

 

Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day: 
Dissident Discipleship:
A Spirituality of Self-Surrender, Love of God, and Love of Neighbor
by David Augsburger

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The Wake Up Call – August 5, 2014

 

A Clear and Highly Developed Vision of a Better World

A Feature Review of

Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters Of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder.

Hardback: Counterpoint, 2014
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Reviewed by Michelle E. Wilbert

 

In the affectionate introduction to this edifying collection of correspondence between novelist, poet, and cultural critic Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder, the “Poet Laureate of Deep Ecology,” an essayist, activist, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1974 for his book Turtle Island, editor Chad Wriglesworth relays the earliest articulation of the relationship between the two men, found in a short essay sent by Berry to Snyder after his returning home to Kentucky following his first visit to Snyder’s homestead in the San Juan Ridge area of southern California. While offering his observations on their various shared affinities and concerns – land, community, and the sense that “being native to a place” involves examining the questions that would lead to a commitment to arresting the “pattern of imposing human will upon the land” and to living within creaturely limits in conformity to the local ecology – he concluded his reveries by metaphorically extending his hand with the declaration, “We are neighbors—distant neighbors,” and thus began a friendship that has lasted more than 40 years and has been conducted largely through the somewhat lost art of epistolary.

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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…

 


Page 1: The Short List:

Other Categories:
[ SHORT LIST ] [ FUN ]  [ HELPFUL ] [ FICTION ] [ MEMOIR ]

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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

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