The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry


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ISBN-13: 9781593760076
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 08/05/2003
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 170,463
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Challenge of Berry's Agrarian Visionvii
Part IA Geobiography
"A Native Hill"3
Part IIUnderstanding Our Cultural Crisis
The Unsettling of America35
Racism and the Economy47
"Feminism, the Body, and the Machine"65
"Think Little"81
Part IIIThe Agrarian Basis for an Authentic Culture
"The Body and the Earth"93
"Men and Women in Search of Common Ground"135
"Health Is Membership"144
"Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community"159
"People, Land, and Community"182
"Conservation and Local Economy"195
Part IVAgrarian Economics
"Economy and Pleasure"207
"Two Economies"219
"The Whole Horse"236
"The Idea of a Local Economy"249
"A Bad Big Idea"262
"Solving for Pattern"267
Part VAgrarian Religion
"The Use of Energy"279
"The Gift of Good Land"293
"Christianity and the Survival of Creation"305
"The Pleasures of Eating"321

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The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
jd234512 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Absolutely wonderful. If only more people were putting words on paper that held the prophetic merit that Mr. Berry seems to possess in all his writings. Although some of these essays were hard to relate to at times, there was an intrinsic value to this whole collection that help me see relevance in areas I might not normally find it. What a gift he is, and I can't wait to read more.
Steve777 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This amazing book challenges one's thinking in many ways- from the dehumanization of our consumer culture to the loss of community to the loss of touch of where are food comes from.
Votingwithmydollar More than 1 year ago
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.
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RickM1962 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago