Our Only World: Ten Essays

Our Only World: Ten Essays

by Wendell Berry


View All Available Formats & Editions
Choose Expedited Shipping at checkout for delivery by Friday, May 21


"Stern but compassionate, author Wendell Berry raises broader issues that environmentalists rarely focus on . . . In one sense Berry is the voice of a rural agrarian tradition that stretches from rural Kentucky back to the origins of human civilization. But his insights are universal because Our Only World is filled with beautiful, compassionate writing and careful, profound thinking."—Associated Press

The planet's environmental problems respect no national boundaries. From soil erosion and population displacement to climate change and failed energy policies, American governing classes are paid by corporations to pretend that debate is the only democratic necessity and that solutions are capable of withstanding endless delay. Late Capitalism goes about its business of finishing off the planet. And we citizens are left with a shell of what was once proudly described as The American Dream.

In this collection of eleven essays, Berry confronts head–on the necessity of clear thinking and direct action. Never one to ignore the present challenge, he understands that only clearly stated questions support the understanding their answers require. For more than fifty years we've had no better spokesman and no more eloquent advocate for the planet, for our families, and for the future of our children and ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619027008
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 538,861
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

Table of Contents

1 Paragraphs from a Notebook 5

2 The Commerce of Violence 15

3 A Forest Conversation 21

4 Local Economies to Save the Land and the People 55

5 Less Energy, More Life 69

6 Caught in the Middle 73

7 On Receiving One of the Dayton Literary Peace Prizes 97

8 Our Deserted Country 105

9 For the 50-Year Farm Bill 159

10 On Being Asked for "A Narrative for the Future" 167

Acknowledgments 177

Customer Reviews