"When we make our art, we are also making our lives. And I’m sure that the reverse is equally true." -- Wendell Berry, in the beautiful documentary Look & See. Might have found my new life motto.
In a speech given right after September 11, Wendell Berry kept his focus on the long-term concerns of a society and the principles of a proper education: The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never before that we need to change our present concept of education. Education is not properly an industry, and its … Continue reading Wendell Berry on education in the presence of fear
I don't remember where I got the idea, but recently I've started memorizing poems and posting recordings of me reciting them on Instagram. They've been mostly short thus far, 10 to 15 lines. But I aim to take on longer ones as I get more under my belt and feel more adventurous. Part of this … Continue reading Folks, I’m Telling You
What started with a web search for Wendell Berry's mailing address led me to this article by Sandra McCracken about her pilgrimage to visit the Sage of Port Royal—thus combining two of my favorite artists into one webpage. A passage from McCracken's reflections stood out: One of my favorite moments was when Wendell said that he … Continue reading The Preservation of Tangibility
Hat-tip to Rod Dreher for spotlighting The Seer, an upcoming documentary on Wendell Berry that counts Nick Offerman, Terrence Malick, and Robert Redford as backers. The filmmaker Laura Dunn has worked for years to bring the film to life, and now has a Kickstarter campaign to fund the remaining post-production costs. It's due to premiere at … Continue reading Wendell Berry: Coming Soon to a Screen
Really enjoyed James Rebanks' The Shepherd's Life: Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape, a memoir of a sheep farmer told season by season. I followed his Twitter account for a while and enjoyed the seeming simplicity the stream of sheep pics depicted. Reading this memoir, however, disabused me of any assumptions I'd made about the life of … Continue reading The Shepherd’s Life
A few interesting tidbits from The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History (ed. Alice Crawford)... In "The Renaissance Library and the Challenge of Print" by Andrew Pettegree, we learn the library was not always a hushed, solemn place: The Renaissance library was a noisy place—a place for conversation and display, rather than for study and contemplation. … Continue reading The Meaning of the Library
"It would be nice if people were to understand that science is a special exercise in perceiving the world without metaphor, and that, powerful though it is, it doesn't function as a guide to those very large aspects of experience that can't be perceived except through metaphor." ---Francis Spufford, Unapologetic "If modern science is a religion, … Continue reading The Ballad Of X