The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared food, confronts inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality.

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Wendell Berry offers the fable of Whitefoot, a mouse who lives at the edge of the woods, at what she believes to be the center of the world. Whitefoot’s great discovery of the universe around her, and her own ability to survive within it, is a lesson that’s sure to resonate with children and adults alike.

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Together these twenty-one essays offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themes—geobiography, an agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics, and agrarian religion—they provide an excellent introduction to the wide range of Wendell Berry’s work. They also demonstrate that Berry’s writing promotes a clearly defined agrarian vision compelling to those dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, ill health, and destructiveness of media-driven culture.

“Eating is an agricultural act.” (What Are People for Essays By Wendell Berry)

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My upstairs apartment neighbor vacuums only at sunrise. I sometimes wake to the soft hum passing across the floor over my head. I’m not sure who she is, nor even that she’s female, but I envision her with tired hands like leather laced with wrinkles, wearing a sweet and sleepy sort of smile. Behind my shut eyes, I see her shuffling in the same slippers she’s kept for years, embroidered with tiny roses across the toes, as she tangles the thick cord of the vacuum around her ankles.

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Assistant Professor of Missiology David Leong recently wrote a Lectio on the overall topic of reconciliation — in particular, the concept of new creation. The text he focused on was Luke 4, where the gospel is preached with a particular emphasis on the social and economic order of the day being flipped on its head.

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Wendell Berry has become “mad” at contemporary society. Gleaned from various collections of this amazing American voice, the poems take the shape of manifestos, insults, and Whitmanic ravings that are often funny in spite of themselves. The whole is a wonderful testimony to the power of humor to bring even the most terrible consequences into an otherwise unobtainable focus.

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If it’s not the vacuum, it’s the shower, and I hear the water rushing gently through the pipes in the walls. I imagine those slippers waiting just outside her bathroom door, still warm, and her teapot steaming on the stove. I stand slowly from my twin-sized bed and draw up my sheets, tucking them into the sides of the mattress and fluffing my pillows, while above me, there’s that gentle purr of solidarity in the shared ritual of a fresh start.

Essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has written more than thirty books

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In the summer, the children peter out of their apartments more slowly, meeting instead at the small park down the block where they intertwine arms and legs on the jungle gym, shoot water guns, and dangle from swings whose rusted cadence I can hear while I hunch before my laptop, reading my grown-up emails, swallowing my second bittersweet coffee.