The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berryby Wendell Berry, Norman Wirzba
Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themesan agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals,
"Here is a human being speaking with calm and sanity out of the wilderness. We would do well to hear him."The Washington Post Book World
Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themesan agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics, agrarian religion, and geo-biographythese essays promote a clearly defined and compelling vision important to all people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, disease, and destructiveness of contemporary American culture.
Why is agriculture becoming culturally irrelevant, and at what cost? What are the forces of social disintegration and how might they be reversed? How might men and women live together in ways that benefit both? And, how does the corporate takeover of social institutions and economic practices contribute to the destruction of human and natural environments?
Through his staunch support of local economies, his defense of farming communities, and his call for family integrity, Berry emerges as the champion of responsibilities and priorities that serve the health, vitality and happiness of the whole community of creation.
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Essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has written more than thirty books. He lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.
Norman Wirzba is an associate professor of philosophy at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. The recipient of several awards and grants, his work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. He is the author of The Paradis of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age (Oxford University Press) and editor of The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land (University Press of Kentucky). He lives in Kentucky with his wife and four young children.
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If we all read Wendell, and lived the way he points, we would not have the pollution or the loss of arable land that we have. We'd sure have great gardens and healthy food, plus a return to being linked with the earth. All good things. This is an easy read, hard to put down; be ready to take notes, underline, etc. A keeper.
Reading the work of Wendell Berry is, and always has been a joy. This collection of essays is certainly no different in that respect. In fact, I can see this becoming one of those special books that keeps finding its way into my hands for years to come. Berry has the special gift of not only writing some of the finest descriptions of nature ever put on paper, but he has the rare gift of making us feel that we are right beside him as he treks through the hills and valleys of Kentucky. So much so that one almost expects to see wet soil clinging to the bottoms of our shoes after reading these marvelous passages. Simply brilliant!