Put Down Whatever You’re Doing And Read Wendell Berry’s Jefferson Lecture. Now.

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We have our events committee chair to thank for the link to Mark Bittman’s NYT conversation with Wendell Berry, so we probably have to thank Mark Bittman, too, for the link to the actual Lecture.  The chair has been nudging and needling for some time to have Wendell Berry speak here.  (He made an appearance around seventeen years ago.  There may be a cassette of it in a closet somewhere.)  What we are suggesting you do with the next thirty minutes of your day is drop everything to read the lecture.  If you do that, you will be in danger of one of those life-altering Francesco d’Assisi moments, but that wouldn’t be a bad thing in our opinion.  At the very least you will have the fun of imagining Washingtonians – perhaps the most ridiculous subgroup in the nation – taking the gentlest and yet most powerful blast of their life from a man whose life they must (and you will understand this better after reading the lecture) imagine if they are to save their souls.

-Nemo Wolfe

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Published in: on April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am  Comments (3)  

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  1. I imagine the DC folks, upon hearing the lecture, would come together in a bipartisan way to turn Port Royal into a nuclear waste repository. Consider the threat! We can’t have ponderous lectures from a man who loves something and occasionally tilts at what threatens the object of his love.

  2. …and when you’ve finished reading the lecture, get and devour a copy of That Distant Land, which contains many rich stories of the type that Mr. Berry used to frame his Jefferson Lecture essay.

  3. Thanks for posting. I’m now 30 minutes behind on work. The definition of sustainability–connecting the fertility cycle and cultural cycle–is terrific.


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