Losers, Winners, Chicken Dinners

Wendell Berry’s insights on competition are good. Early in his essay “Land and Pleasure” he points out the ineffectiveness of economic and competitive idealism. As I read on, questions arise to guide me when trying to determine what sort of competition is healthy and what sort is destructive: Can the participants trust the body that […]

“By then, he’d come a long way down the road.” That’s Wendell Berry, writing about the protagonist of his short story Making It Home. As I told you last week, I’ve never read any of Wendell Berry’s fiction. I plan to change that, at some point. Until then I have Berry reading his own short […]

It’s been a long time since I left ya’ll with a #WednesdayswithWendell. After spending 10 days in Ireland, I’m back in Los Angeles. In LA you have to stretch to reach Berry’s vision of an agrarian centered lifestyle, but in Ireland, Wendell’s ideas feel more accessible. Especially, in rural Ireland where I spent most of […]

As I struggle to squeeze out the words for #WednesdaywithWendell before it becomes #ThursdaywithWendell (update: too late), I check this quote from his essay “People, Land and Community”: “Correct discipline cannot be hurried, for it is both the knowledge of what ought to be done, and the willingness to do it — all of it, […]

Dear Mr. Berry, I wanna thank you. I wanna thank you for turning your back on NYU and the New York literati so many years ago and returning to your Kentucky farm. I’m sure, if you had stayed, you would have been a prestigious New York City author and professor. Your experiences would have been […]