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The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry
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Jul 06, 2007

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Read in August, 2007

I had already read several of these essays in The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, but they were worth reading again.

A Native Hill
A meditative history (both personal and cultural) of a hill in Kentucky. There are some lovely, lyrical passages in this work, which is really more creative non-fiction than persuasive essay.

The Unsettling of America
A discussion of the differences between exploiters and nurturers, and how America's economy favors exploiters.

Racism and the Economy
A look at how American economy dispossesses and exploits whites and blacks alike.

Feminism, the Body, and the Machine
I admit that I half agree with Berry's reasons for not writing on a computer. There is an agreeable permanence to writing drafts out longhand, and I do find it easier (mentally) to write that way. Unfortunately, physically, I can't do it for more than a few minutes without my hand and wrist cramping up.

Think Little
An essay on the importance of local solutions to local problems.

I didn't actually finish all of the essays before the book needed to go back to the library. They were interesting, but not fascinating, so many other books caught my interest instead.

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