Wendell Berry proposes, and earnestly hopes, that people will learn once more to care for their local communities, and so begin a restoration that might spread over our entire nation and beyond. The renewed development of local economies would help preserve rural diversity despite the burgeoning global economy that threatens to homogenize and compromise communities all over the world.
From modern health care to the practice of forestry, from local focus to national resolve, Berry argues, there can never be a separation between global ecosystems and human communities - the two are intricately connected; the health and survival of one depends upon the other.
Another Turn of the Crank reaches to the heart of Berry's concern and vision for the future, for America and for the world.
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Wendell Berry is a former professor of English at the University of Kentucky.From Booklist:
Berry entitles his slim new book of essays with self-deflating ambivalence. Since he exhorts us again on his familiar themes--the necessity to democracy of rural communities and independent local economies; the inextricability of human from natural relationships; the importance of public property conceived and treated as common wealth; the bane that lies in confusing the organic with the mechanical, as in conceiving the body as a machine, the mind as a computer; etc.--he seems to think he risks appearing a repetitious crank, stubbornly trying to crank the engine of humane reform to life. He needn't have worried. He remains one of the most lucid writers on the most basic matters--growing food, living on earth, relating to other persons and creatures, the love enjoined by religion. He refuses to lapse into the furious jeremiad that the continuing decline of American agriculture as a way of living seems to mandate. Instead he is patient and sensible, hopeful that there is a loving wisdom to which humanity will turn and, as the Shaker hymn says, "come round right." Ray Olson
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Book Description Counterpoint, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1887178031
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Book Description Counterpoint, Washington D. C., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition; 1st Printing. 109 pp; Signed and inscribed by author on title page with previous owner's name. This book is in excellent condition with solid binding, sound covers, and completely clean tight and unmarked interior. Six essays on sustainability from one of America's most important cultural critics; Berry discusses the decline of agriculture and advocates local farming and local food without fossil fuels or chemicals. Jacket protected in a clear Brodart cover. ; Always Delivery Confirmation. 35 Years Fast Excellent Service. We Know How To Pack Books.; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 81986