The Art of the Commonplace

The Art of the Commonplace

The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry

Book - 2002
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"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

The Art of the Commonplace gathers twenty essays by Wendell Berry that offer an agrarian alternative to our dominant urban culture. Grouped around five themes--an agrarian critique of culture, agrarian fundamentals, agrarian economics, agrarian religion, and geobiography--these 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.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Shoemaker & Hoard, c2002
ISBN: 9781593760076
Branch Call Number: 630.973 BER 2002 22
Characteristics: xx, 330 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Wirzba, Norman


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Mar 01, 2016

If you have a deep interest in the issues we face as individuals and as a society, this is a must-read. Mr. Berry finds new depths of meaning in each essay, and never lapses in partisan language. Essential, as are his other essay collections.

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