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    VoxHope Reese10/2/1917 min
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    • jeff
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      8 months ago

      Excellent article!

      In the tradition of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Berry also began writing about his surroundings. But unlike Thoreau and Emerson, who were simply visitors to the natural environments they wrote about, Pollan says that Berry was actually engaged with nature: “He wasn’t just a spectator. He was a farmer.”

      It says a lot that he returned to Kentucky so soon after graduating college and has been practicing what he's been preaching for over 50 years.

    • Jessica
      8 months ago

      And although Berry doesn’t own a computer, a friend once persuaded him to sit down and try one.

      “I put a question to it,” he recalls. “I would like to know how to make a slaughterhouse that would take care of every kind of product, from fish to beef, could slaughter it, dress it, prepare it for market, and compost the offal.”

      It didn’t work, he concluded: “The computer didn’t know.”

      That got a chuckle out of me.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        8 months ago

        Yes! Thanks Jessica! Great find. I feel a bit shamed that I don’t know more about Wendell Berry, and now I have some homework to do. Everything about this guy seems right up my alley. And the anecdote you quote is hilarious.

        Initially, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read/comment on this one because I didn’t want to bump Ann Patchett’s amazing essay from the #1 spot. So it felt like a good omen when Ann Patchett appeared in here too:

        Berry and I finally settled in the living room of his cozy home on a sunny summer morning. The built-in shelves that surrounded us were stacked with books, from dictionaries to history books to Ann Patchett novels.

        Ann Patchett novels on shelf = down to earth vibes.

    • DellwoodBarker
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      8 months ago

      Great Read!