February 27, 2017

I heard from a few of my readers last week.  Of course I only have a few readers so I heard from pretty much everyone.  The consensus is that WWW is an enjoyable read.  And that no one is buying it.     

I'd sum up the proble...

February 14, 2017

David Frum's piece How to Build an Autocracy was the one I dreaded reading most.  Somehow I knew - just knew - that this would be darkest of the dark.  I put it off for about a week before dutifully downing it, like cough syrup, earlier this week. Unfortunately, it was...

February 6, 2017

In reaching for the phone every morning now, I'm just hoping "not the worst."  Weirdly, idiocy from the White House feels like good news.  War hasn't broken out yet.  Sliding my way down the Twitter feed, I'm simultaneously aware of two registers playing in my mind --...

January 29, 2017

We, the people, are now at war with our federal government.  Amazing that it's come to this, and so quickly too.  For the moment, it's more of proxy fight than an actual blood-and-guts war.  But our Americanism is under assault, of that I'm certain.  Our scientists are...

January 21, 2017

Inauguration day.    

More important than what's happening in Washington DC today is my intention, like so many others right now,  to say something that I feel to be deeply true.  Two parts there.  I want to exercise my VOICE; and, I want to speak my TRUTH.  T...

January 15, 2017

Is it just me, or do others read Wendell Berry and wonder, "Is this guy for real?"  It happens to me all the time.  Of course you already know from being here with me that I must not wonder too much.  Wendell Berry's life is a testament to that thing we call "integrity...

January 10, 2017

Last week I came across some unusual Wendell Berry content online.  Tamara Hill Murphy contributed an essay in Plough Magazine called The Hole in Wendell Berry's Gospel, which elicited a couple of smart responses at other blog sites.  Wendell Berry is an esteemed Ameri...

December 31, 2016

No one can say what, exactly, is cracking up these days, though the possibilities astonish.  The word that I keep coming back to is “convulsive.”  Systems do belch from time to time, be they geological or gastrointestinal.  Our political system is heaving now and time...

December 22, 2016

"It is not as though we have not been warned.  The advice against waste, extravagance, selfishness, arrogance, falsehood and willful ignorance is old." 

WB in Less Energy, More Life (2013), from Our Only World

Wendell Berry's address to a convention of Unitarians in...

December 15, 2016

In a week when it became clear that Donald J. Trump's election to the American presidency was aided by cyber-hacking conducted by Russian operatives on his behalf, it was soothing to dip back into Wendell Berry and rediscover his admonishment that the ultimate reality...

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