Wendell Berry Essays Online

"A Citizen's Response to the National Security Strategy of the United States of America" (Orion Magazine) and here (published in Citizenship Papers)

"A Few Words in Favor of Edward Abbey" (published in What Are People For?)

"A 50-Year Farm Bill" with Wes Jackson (New York Times, 1.4.09)

A Letter from Wendell Berry 1974 (at Tilth Producers)

"A Light Governance for America: The Cultures and Strategies of Decentralization," Annual Summer Conference 1976, New York (audio)

Afterword from Missing Mountains: We Went to the Mountaintop But It Wasn't There

"The Agrarian Standard" (published in Citizenship Papers)

"The Art of Loading Brush" (The Threepenny Review, Fall 2017)

"A Practical Harmony"(published in What Are People For?)

"The Bad Modern History of Farming" (The Progressive, 15 June 2017)

"The Branch Way of Doing" (The Threepenny Review, Fall 2014)

"The Burden of the Gospels" (published in The Way of Ignorance and Blessed Are the Peacemakers)

"Caught in the Middle: On Abortion and Homosexuality" (published in Our Only World)

"Christianity and the Survival of Creation" (published in Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community)

"Coal ash dumping will harm river" (Louisville Courier-Journal, 16 May 2010) and as "Poisoning Kentucky River watershed" (Lexington Herald-Leader, 24 May 2010)

"The Commerce of Violence" (published in The Progressive, June 2013)

"Compromise, Hell!" (Orion Magazine) (published in The Way of Ignorance)

"Conserving Communities" (published in Another Turn of the Crank)

"Conserving Forest Communities" (published in Another Turn of the Crank) (forenote by Ed Iglehart)

"Contempt for Small Places" (18 June 2003, Counterpunch)

"The Cultural Contradictions of Power," (Summer 1978 Fellows’ Meeting, New York City) – Schumacher Center, a Lindisfarne talk. (audio)

 "The Culture of Agriculture" (a speech delivered in Spokane,WA on 1 July 1974)

"The Debate Sharpens" (Berry correspondence with Stuart Brand, 1976, NASA)

"Dismemberment" (The Threepenny Review, Summer 2015)

"Excerpts from the Writing of Wendell Berry" (Humanities, May/June 2012)

"The Failure of War" (published in Citizenship Papers)

"Farming and The Global Economy" at The Washington Post (published in Another Turn of the Crank)

"Farmland Without Farmers" (The Atlantic, 19 March 2015)

"Faustian Economics" (Harpers Archive, May 2008)

"Feminism, the Body, and the Machine" (Cross Currents, Spring 2003) (published in What Are People For?)

"The 50-Year Farm Bill" (The Atlantic, November 13, 2012)

"Fly Away, Breath," The Threepenny Review. Spring 2008.

"Fly Away, Breath"  read at "Lunch with Wendell Berry," 11/20/07, Louisville, KY

"For the Love of the Land" (Sierra Magazine) 

Foreword to Another Turn of the Crank

"From the Periphery to the Center" (remarks on receiving the Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Book Critics Circle, 17 March 2016)

"The Futility of Global Thinking" (Harper's, September 1989, subscription required)

"The future of food is not distinguishable from the future of the land" (remarks at The Future of Food conference, Washington DC, May 4, 2011)

"Getting Along with Animals" 1979 (from The New Farm archives)

"The Gift of Good Land" (published in The Gift of Good Land)

"Global Problems, Local Solutions" (Resurgence 206)

"God and Country" (published in What Are People For?)

"Home Economics" (Whole Earth, Summer, 1986)

"I Love Mountains Day" Address: February 14, 2008 (YouTube)

"In Memory: Gene Logsdon" (Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association)

"The Idea of a Local Economy" (short version: Orion, Winter 2001)

"In Distrust of Movements" (published in Citizenship Papers)

"Inverting the Economic Order" (The Progressive, September 2009) (published in What Matters? as "Money Versus Goods")

"It All Turns on Affection" The Jefferson Lecture (23 April 2012)

    Video of "It All Turns on Affection" The Jefferson Lecture (23 April 2012)

"Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame: Wendell Berry's Remarks" (28 January 2015)

"Lest We Forget" an excerpt from "Making It Home" from Fidelity

Letter to the Sierra Club magazine (11/12 2005)

"Life Is A Miracle" (Essay in Whole Earth, Fall 2000)

"Local Economies to Save the Land and the People" (In These Times, 25 March 2105)

"Men and Women in Search of Common Ground" (Sunstone Magazine, July 1987) (published in Home Economics)

"The Necessity of Agriculture" (acceptance speech for the Louis Bromfield Society Award, May 16, 2009) (published in What Matters? as "The Love of Farming")

"Obama's Election Brought About Racism Revival" (The Courier-Journal, 7 September 2015) and at The Lexington Herald-Leader (September 13, 2015)

"On Hayden Carruth: A Friendship in Poetry" (Poets.org)

"Our Biotech Future: An Exchange" by Wendell Berry and others (New York Times Review of Books, 27 /September, 2007)

"Out of Your Car, Off Your Horse" (published in Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community)

"Peaceableness Toward Enemies" (published in Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community)

"People, Land, and Community." October 1981 (audio at Internet Archive)

"The Pleasures of Eating" (published in What Are People For?)

Preface to the Second Edition of The Unsettling of America

"The Problem of Tobacco" (published in Sex, Economy, Freedom & Community)

"Renewing Husbandry" (Orion Magazine) (published in The Way of Ignorance)

"The Requirement," Harper's Magazine. March 2007.

Response to a proposal concerning Space Settlement

"Response to the Recent New York Times Op-Ed on the Green Revolution" (with Wes Jackson and Mary Berry) , The Berry Center. Retrieved 3 March 2016

Selected Quotes at Wikiquote (let's add some more)

"Sold," The Atlantic, Fiction 2011.

"Southern Despair" (reply to an article by Nathaniel Rich), New York Review of Books, 11 May 2017.

 "Speech Against the State Government" Frankfort, KY: 14 February 2008 

"Stand By Me," The Atlantic. August 2008.

"Think Little," The Berry Center (published in A Continuous Harmony)

"The Thought of Limits in a Prodigal Age" (Sierra, 5 December 2017)

"Thoughts in the Presence of Fear" (Reflections on 9.11) (and here) (published in Citizenship Papers)

"Tilling Word and Land" (Sojourners Magazine 11.05) (from "Imagination in Place" published in The Way of Ignorance)

"Wendell Berry: Losing University Press of Kentucky to state budget cuts would be 'barbaric'" (Louisville Courier-Journal, 9 March 2018)

"Wendell Berry Celebrates Fellowship of Kentucky Writers" (KET, 15 April 2015)

"Wendell Berry: Censors on the Flagship" (Lexington Herald-Leader, 30 November 2015)

"Wendell Berry: EPA's duty to limit the Party of Coal" (Lexington Herald-Leader, 8 September 2013)

"Wendell Berry: Letter to Wes Jackson ..." from Home Economics, 1982 (The Mendocino Humanist, 3 August 2012)

"Wendell Berry Makes Public Statement on the Death Penalty" (Danzig U.S.A., 29 January 2009)

"Wendell Berry: My literary friendships" (Library of America, 29 January 2018)

"Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present" (Yes! Magazine, 23 March 2015)

"Wendell Berry on Work" (a letter to The Progressive, November 2010, via Utne Reader)

"Wendell Berry: Telling the Truth" (a letter to writing students 13 June 2010)

Wendell Berry’s 1989 Commencement Address to the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine (via teachthought.com, posted 20 February 2015)

"What Else?" (Solutions, 15 July 2010)

"'What's Wrong' with the Economy" (New York Review of Books, 22 October 2015)

"Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World" (from Orion, January/February 2007)

"Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" (published in What Are People For?)

link-checked 31 January 2015

Wendell Berry lives and works with his wife, Tanya Berry, on their farm in Port Royal, Kentucky. An essayist, novelist, and poet, he is the author of more than thirty books. Berry has received numerous awards, including the T. S. Eliot Award, the John Hay Award, the Lyndhurst Prize, and the Aiken-Taylor Award for Poetry from The Sewanee Review. His books include the classic The Unsettling of America, Andy Catlett: Early Travels, and The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry.



By Wendell Berry

January 2, 2007

Her name was Peromyscus leucopus, but she did not know it. I think it had been a long time since the mice around Port William spoke English, let alone Latin. Her Continue reading →


Renewing Husbandry

By Wendell Berry

September 2, 2005

I REMEMBER WELL A SUMMER MORNING in about 1950 when my father sent a hired man with a McCormick High Gear No. 9 mowing machine and a team of mules to Continue reading →


Compromise, Hell!

By Wendell Berry

November 1, 2004

WE ARE DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY — I mean our country itself, our land. This is a terrible thing to know, but it is not a reason for despair unless we decide Continue reading →


A Citizen’s Response to the National Security Strategy

By Wendell Berry

March 1, 2003

America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self control, Thy liberty in law. –Katherine Lee Bates, “America the Beautiful” I.THE NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY published by the Continue reading →


The Agrarian Standard

By Wendell Berry

July 1, 2002

The Unsettling of America was published twenty-five years ago; it is still in print and is still being read. As its author, I am tempted to be glad of this, and Continue reading →


Thoughts in the Presence of Fear

By Wendell Berry

January 2, 2001

This essay along with two others by Wendell Berry was published by Orion in In the Presence of Fear, available for purchase in the online store. I. The time will soon Continue reading →


The Idea of a Local Economy

By Wendell Berry

January 1, 2001

A TOTAL ECONOMY is one in which everything — “life forms,” for instance, — or the “right to pollute” is “private property” and has a price and is for sale. In Continue reading →


In Distrust of Movements

By Wendell Berry

June 15, 1999

I have had with my friend Wes Jackson a number of useful conversations about the necessity of getting out of movements—even movements that have seemed necessary and dear to us—when they Continue reading →

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