On March 1, Wendell Berry was awarded one of the nation’s Humanities Medals in a ceremony at the White House. This article relates his charming and ever-humble response to the attention. The President and/or attentive members of his administration deserve great credit for selecting America’s greatest living author for this high honor. And Wendell is absolutely correct that the best consequence of this award – aside from the well-deserved honor itself – is the attention that it will bring to the causes he’s written about for decades. “To have my work honored is a satisfaction … because my work has been to so large an extent an effort to promote good care of the land. And, of course, I’m still actively in efforts to do that. I’m glad for whatever notice that effort can receive.”
I think I speak for everyone who writes for FPR in extending our warm and enthusiastic congratulations, and gratitude, to Wendell Berry.