Christina J. Lambert earned a BA in history from Hillsdale College and an MA in English Literature from Baylor University, where she is currently a doctoral student. Originally from Temecula, California, she made her way to Waco via the Midwest and deals with the guilt of academic transience by writing on the work of Wendell Berry. She thinks there are still good things to read in the 20th and 21st centuries, and her favorite part of teaching is translating theory about ecocriticism and gender and sexuality into plain language for classrooms of eighteen-year-olds. She encourages as many students as she can to go home or build one where they’re at.
As the late historian John Lukacs would insist, all stories as we know them and retell them are remembered. This means they are, inherently, personal. John Berryman and Robert Giroux: A Publishing Friendship is no exception.
In our current moment of social media activism, we must ask ourselves what kind of learning, real learning—the kind that involves your body and takes root in your soul—can take place without embodiment? And what kind of real embodiment takes place without participating in the grief and suffering of another?
Berry moves the conversation from common nouns to proper ones and implicates us all in something deeply practical and doable, yet inexplicably difficult: to love our neighbor, the person right next to us, and the land beneath our very feet.