I’ll go out on a limb: the most radical and important environmental thinker at work today is an octogenarian, socially conservative, Christian tobacco farmer from Kentucky. His name is Wendell Berry and his new collection of essays, The Art of Loading Brush, is the capstone to a profound body of work. Also check out Paul Kingsnorth’s recent selection of Berry’s earlier work, The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry.
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A new voice to me is that of the radical conservative Wendell Berry, a Kentucky farmer who works with horses not tractors and writes with a pencil not a word-processor. Now in his eighties, he is an eloquent defender of the local, and fierce critic of corporations, agribusiness, war, waste and environmental destruction. The World-Ending Fire (Allen Lane) is a selection of his essays over some forty years.
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Andrew Marr wrote a review at the time the book came out:
After Donald Trump’s election, we urgently need to rediscover the best of radical America – that of Mark Twain, Gary Snyder and Edward Abbey. An essential part of that story is Wendell Berry. It is axiomatic that such a bold and questioning writer should be an uncomfortable writer and difficult to swallow whole. Few of us can live, or even aspire to, his kind of life. But nobody can risk ignoring him.
Farmer, activist, economist, seer: why Wendell Berry is the modern-day Thoreau
And he subsequently invited the author onto Start the Week:
BBC Radio 4 - Start the Week, Wendell Berry: The Natural World
This blog has also looked at the work of Wendell Berry:
Futures Forum: Transition and the Commons
Futures Forum: Living without technology for a year
Futures Forum: The demands for "more jobs, equal pay for equal jobs, and more pay for every job" are beside the point, as they are "not worth a damn to begin with"
Futures Forum: Environmental voices on Radio 4's Start the Week >>> "It's unlikely that this general election campaign will really touch on the deepest challenges to our accelerating industrial, global civilization."
Paul Kingsworth also appeared on Start the Week: he had put together the collection which became The World-Ending Fire. Here on his blog he introduces the piece:
The World-Ending Fire | The Dark Mountain Project
Here D J Taylor reviews the volume:
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