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Sex Economy Freedom Community

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 0679756515
Genre : Political Science
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In this new collection of essays, Wendell Berry continues his work as one of America's most necessary social commentators. With wisdom and clear, ringing prose, he tackles head-on some of the most difficult problems which face us as we near the end of the twentieth century. Berry begins the title essay with the Anita Hill–Clarence Thomas hearings as an example of a “process that has been well established and well respected for at least two hundred years—the process . . . of community disintegration.” Community, a “locally understood interdependence of local people, local culture, local economy, and local nature,” bound by trust and affection, is “being destroyed by the desires and ambitions of both private and public life which for want of the intervention of community interests, are also destroying one another.” He then moves on to elucidate connections between sexual brutality and economic brutality, and the role of art and free speech. Berry forcefully addresses America's unabashed pursuit of self-liberation, which he says is “still the strongest force now operating in our society.” As individuals turn away from their community, they conform to a “rootless and placeless monoculture of commercial expectations and products,” buying into the very economic system which is destroying the earth, our communities, and all they represent. Throughout the book Berry asks, What is appropriate? What is worth conserving from our past and preserving in our present? What is it to be human and truly connected to others? What does it mean to be free?
Category: Political Science

What Matters

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781582436067
Genre : Business & Economics
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Over the years, Berry has sought to understand and confront the financial structure of modern society and the impact of developing late capitalism on American culture. For this collection, Berry offers essays from the last 25 years, alongside new essays about the recent economic collapse.
Category: Business & Economics

Home Economics

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 1582434859
Genre : Literary Collections
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Explores what it means to make oneself 'responsibly at home'. The very title reminds us that the root of economics is stewardship, household management. Mr Berry speaks of the necessary coherence of the 'great economy', as he argues for clarity in our lives, our conceptions and our communications. Whether as critic or as champion, Wendell Berry offers careful insights into personal and national situations in a prose that is both ringing and clear.
Category: Literary Collections

Sex For Christians

Author : Lewis B. Smedes
ISBN : 9780802807434
Genre : Religion
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Considered one of the definitive statements on sex and sexuality from a Christian perspective, Sex for Christians offers frank yet compassionate discussion that is at once refreshingly open-minded and strongly biblical. Broad-ranging and direct, the book begins with a theological overview of human sexuality - its created goodness, its sinful distortion, and its redeemed potential. Lewis Smedes then treats specific sexual issues for single and married persons, presenting plain-spoken yet responsible perspectives on such things as erotic fantasies, petting, and adultery. This revised edition also features an extensive new introduction by Smedes that brings his original work to bear on pressing issues today - AIDS and talk of "safe sex", cohabitation, homosexuality, and the need to develop Christian strategies regarding sex. Following two decades of social development since this book first appeared, Smedes now presents an even clearer statement of the Bible's moral standards regarding our sexuality. His attempt to present "a Christian perspective for a truly human sexual life" results in a sexual morality that, within a biblical perspective, is as liberating as it is limiting.
Category: Religion

The World Ending Fire

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781640090293
Genre : Nature
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"Mr. Berry's sentences and stories deliver a great payload of edifying entertainment, which I hungrily consume, but it is the bass note of morality thumping through his musical phrases that guides me with the most constant of hands upon my plow." ―Nick Offerman, New York Times bestselling author of Paddle Your Own Canoe "Read [Berry] with pencil in hand, make notes, and hope that somehow our country and the world will soon come to see the truth that is told here." ―The New York Times "He is unlike anybody else writing today." ―New Statesman The writings gathered in The World-Ending Fire are the unique product of a life spent farming the fields of rural Kentucky with mules and horses, and of the rich, intimate knowledge of the land cultivated by this work. These are essays written in defiance of the false call to progress and in defense of local landscapes, essays that celebrate our cultural heritage, our history, and our home. With grace and conviction, Wendell Berry shows that we simply cannot afford to succumb to the mass-produced madness that drives our global economy—the natural world will not survive it. Yet he also shares with us a vision of consolation and of hope. We may be locked in an uneven struggle, but we can and must begin to treat our land, our neighbors, and ourselves with respect and care. As Berry urges, we must abandon arrogance and stand in awe.
Category: Nature

The Way Of Ignorance

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781582439297
Genre : Political Science
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The continuing war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the political sniping engendered by the Supreme Court nominations—contemporary American society is characterized by divisive anger, profound loss, and danger. Wendell Berry, one of the country's foremost cultural critics, responds with hope and intelligence in a series of essays that tackle the major questions of the day. Whose freedom are we considering when we speak of the “free market” or “free enterprise”? What is really involved in our national security? What is the price of ownership without affection? Berry answers in prose that shuns abstraction for clarity, coherence, and passion, giving us essays that may be the finest of his long career.
Category: Political Science

Recollected Essays 1965 1980

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 086547026X
Genre : Authors, American
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These eleven essays, selected by the author from five previous collections, provides us with a single volume tracing Mr. Berry's desire to 'make myself responsibly at home in this world and in my native and chosen place.'
Category: Authors, American

The Hidden Wound

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781582434865
Genre : Social Science
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This book-length essay is a rigorously honest, deeply felt exploration of the "hidden wound" of racism and its damaging effect on American whites. Available for the first time in paperback.
Category: Social Science

A Continuous Harmony

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781619020009
Genre : Literary Collections
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The title of this book is taken from an account by Thomas F. Hornbein on his travels in the Himalayas. "It seemed to me,” Horenbein wrote, "that here man lived in continuous harmony with the land, as much as briefly a part of it as all its other occupants.” Wendell Berry’s second collection of essays, A Continuous Harmony was first published in 1972, and includes the seminal "Think Little,” which was printed in The Last Whole Earth Catalogue and reprinted around the globe, and the splendid centerpiece, "Discipline and Hope,” an insightful and articulate essay making a case for what he calls "a new middle.”
Category: Literary Collections

Standing By Words

Author : Wendell Berry
ISBN : 9781582437453
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In six essays, Berry considers the degeneration of language that is manifest throughout our culture, from poetry to politics, from conversation to advertising, and he shows how the ever-widening cleft between words and their referents mirrors the increasing isolation of individuals and their communities from the land.--From publisher's description.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines