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Brass Spittoon: Imagining Hope for 2020

Wilfred M. McClay, Bethany Hebbard, and Jake Meador consider what recent trends—considered at the local, regional, and global scales—give reason for hope in 2020.

Noticing Birds

We don’t have to escape to a new and better location with more perfect neighbors. We need to lovingly attend to the ones we have.

Love Is Its Own Justification: Wendell Berry and the Lure of...

Scialabba insists that our actions are meritorious and good if they are effective, if they transform society and lead to measurable improvements. Berry, on the other hand, upholds love as its own standard: human lives are good insofar as they participate in divine love’s redemptive work.

Ernest Gaines, 1933-2019

On Tuesday, November 5th, Ernest Gaines, one of the great Southern novelists of the twentieth century, passed away. Gaines had a distinguished and...

Two Great Interruptions

Wendell Berry’s new story is actually about two great interruptions: the first forms the occasion for Billy’s tale, and the second is how, as the title has it, the tale “ceased to be told.”

The Foreign Mystique

If we learn about ourselves and our homes through travel, we don’t just become better “citizens of the world”—we can become more conscious and thoughtful citizens of our own places.

Wendell Berry Conference Videos

Video recordings from our 2019 conference on the legacy of Wendell Berry are now online. We hope those of you who weren't...

The Localist Theory of Charles Marohn’s Wonderfully Practical Strong Towns

This past weekend, I took a group of students up to the annual...

Learning to Read “the Book in Front of Us”

As the fall semester looms, the minutia of meetings and syllabi revisions threatens to drain the excitement from my impending return to...

A Casual Birder

For most of my adult life I’ve considered myself a birder. Some people say “bird-watcher,” but for me that term conjures up...