Citizenship Papers: Essays

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Counterpoint Press, Aug 10, 2004 - Political Science - 208 pages
"The courage of a book, it has been said, is that it looks away from nothing. Here is a brave book." ―The Charlotte Observer

"Berry says that these recent essays mostly say again what he has said before. His faithful readers may think he hasn't, however, said any of it better before." ―Booklist (starred review)

"His refusal to abandon the local for the global, to sacrifice neighborliness, community integrity, and economic diversity for access to Wal-Mart, has never seemed more appealing, nor his questions of personal accountability more powerful." ―Kirkus Reviews


There are those in America today who seem to feel we must audition for our citizenship, with "patriot" offered as the badge for those found narrowly worthy. Let this book stand as Wendell Berry's application, for he is one of those faithful, devoted critics envisioned by the Founding Fathers to be the life's blood and very future of the nation they imagined. Citizenship Papers collects nineteen new essays, from celebrations of exemplary lives to critiques of American life, including "A Citizen's Response [to the new National Security Strategy]"—a ringing call of caution to a nation standing on the brink of global catastrophe.

 

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CITIZENSHIP PAPERS: Essays

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Cagey uses of the essay as a town meeting to air threats to the commonweal.Our times are uneasy, Berry (Jayber Crow, 2000, etc.) states; critical elements of the American democratic tradition are ... Read full review

Contents

A Citizens Response 1
1
Thoughts in the Presence of Fear 17
17
The Failure of War 23
23
Going to Work 33
33
In Distrust of Movements 43
43
Twelve Paragraphs on Biotechnology 53
52
Let the Farm Judge 57
57
The Total Economy 63
63
The Prejudice Against Country People 107
107
The Whole Horse 113
113
Stupidity in Concentration 127
127
Watershed and Commonwealth 135
135
The Agrarian Standard 143
143
Still Standing 153
153
Conservationist and Agrarian 165
165
Tuscany 175
175

A Long Job Too Late to Quit 77
77
Two Minds 85
85
Is Life a Miracle? 181
181
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Essayist, novelist, and poet, Wendell Berry has written more than 40 books. He lives and works in his native Kentucky with his wife, Tanya Berry, and their children and grandchildren.

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