Another Turn of the Crank

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Another Turn of the Crank

Another Turn of the Crank This popular collection features six essays on sustainability and stewardship from one of America s most important cultural critics Provocative intimate and thoughtful Another Turn of the Crank rea

  • Title: Another Turn of the Crank
  • Author: Wendell Berry
  • ISBN: 9781887178280
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Paperback
  • This popular collection features six essays on sustainability and stewardship from one of America s most important cultural critics Provocative, intimate, and thoughtful, Another Turn of the Crank reaches to the heart of Wendell Berry s concern for our nation, its communities, and their future.

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    1. Michael on said:

      This short book of essays helped give me some focus on how to see the world and approach my living in it. I relay needed the “pick me up” it gave me after getting so worn down every day by the evidence of the inconvenient truth of the mess we’re in and worn down by the ineffective polarization sowed by all the pundits out there. No one rises above the fray and gets you back to the basics like Wendell Berry, whom you might call an agrarian philosopher with a gift of language well honed by h [...]

    2. Eli on said:

      A difficult book for me. It starts amazingly, with powerful, well-considered ideas that I agree with strongly. It progresses to powerful, well-considered ideas I disagree with but still respect because of the mix of experience, emotion, and intellect that Berry employs to make his point.The further the collection progresses, the more it descends into bully-pulpitism, as when Berry uses an essay about responsible forestry to rail against abortion, or a speech about community health to denounce th [...]

    3. Tamara Murphy on said:

      I started reading Berry's poetry. Years after I began reading his fiction. In 2012, I started on his essays. I'm a fan all the way around. There's a certain amount of sentimentality he includes in each genre that never felt gratuitous, especially grounded in the soil of the good soil of robust language and story. Reading this book of essays, I found myself for the first time feeling like the Farmer's prophetic voice for our country signaled too little too late. Granted, this book of essays compi [...]

    4. Ian Hicks on said:

      An insightful collection of essays that got me thinking about aspects of agriculture, food, and local community that I've never considered before. Berry presents his arguments in such a thoughtful, soulful, and rational manner that his writing never feels tedious or pedantic. He is a pleasure to engage with—even when he argues points I vehemently disagree with (and there are a few). All in all, a great read filled with plenty of nuggets to meditate on and mull over. It definitely made an impac [...]

    5. Raydu18 on said:

      Like many of Wendell Berry’s collections of essays, Another Turn of the Crank is about how to live on planet Earth. This book consists of five essays, all of which focus on agriculture and the community. Modern farming is much different from traditional farming. Here is how:Modern farming puts its emphasis on efficiency while traditional farming sees farming as an art.The mass deployment of farming machinery has ousted people from the farm. It is as if farmers are “specialists” who are eas [...]

    6. Kerfe on said:

      I had read and heard ABOUT Berry; so when I saw this in the library, I decided to give it a try.I'm torn between a 3 and a 4, but decided to go higher, mostly because of the content. The writing did not seem particularly inspiring to me although there are plenty of good sturdy quotable sentences and occasionally Berry's words do become poetic. His heart is, mostly, in the right place.The theme of interconnectedness particularly resonates. Berry emphasizes that we are only part of the larger worl [...]

    7. Adam on said:

      Every time I read another Wendell Berry book, I fall further in love with his way of thinking. This book was published 15 years ago, and it just seems so relevant today. And unlike so many pundits who are happy to just grouse about everything that's "wrong" with America, Berry takes the time to separate the good and the bad of a situation and actually SUGGEST HOW IT COULD BE FIXED.Knowing that there's at least one person out there who has this much good sense gives me hope. It makes me want to m [...]

    8. Nicole Schrag on said:

      I don't agree with WB on everything, and this book is dated (plus there's maybe not a little nostalgia), but his ecological/social/cultural imagination is inspiring.

    9. Paul Cloutier on said:

      A great little book on the importance of thinking and acting locally. Berry is a great example of someone I don't always agree with but his arguments are so thoughtful and well reasoned it is like debating with a close friend. I always come out smarter even if it is just thorough perfecting and refining my own opinions.

    10. Matt on said:

      Berry is a poet and a farmer who has given a charming, thought-provoking collection of essays on farming, work, community, and health among other topics. What surprised me was 1) how much me want to change the way I think about things, particularly establishing and preserving local communities; 2) how Berry challenged both conservative and liberal/progressive ideological camps (e.g. conservatives, he notes, believe political power is best preserved and exercised at the local level but are comfor [...]

    11. Mike on said:

      Another great collection of essays from Wendell. It's not as large or comprehensive as "What Are People For?" as this is a small collection of just 6 essays. Within, he tackles issues like the proper work of conservation, how we often overcompensate in trying to save "the environment", the fact that he doesn't really seem to like the term "the environment", and the reasons why our current healthcare system is broken (and his reasons are a bit more insightful and complex than you might think) amo [...]

    12. Lindsey Berkowitz on said:

      I gave this book 4 stars only for the reason that some of the essays were on subject matter that I knew absolutely nothing about, but one particular essay "The Conservation of Nature and the Preservation of Humanity" deserves all 5 stars on its own. I decided to dive into this compilation after reading an excerpt "A Life of Medicine", as Berry was featured as one of the many entries of the anthology and I'm certainly glad that I did. He conveys a message that all of us should hear, and we should [...]

    13. Marcus Fioravante on said:

      Wendell Barry is a very thorough thinker and writer, I very much enjoyed his thoughts and call to action on building small rural communities and his critical view of the powers in control. I will say that especially in the later essays it becomes even more clear that he is still a white, cisgender christian male and even though through his writing there is an awareness of privilege, he is short in bringing diversity into his insights and suggestions, especially when he talks briefly about aborti [...]

    14. Bruce Henderson on said:

      This book is a short series of essays on living ethically emphasiizing one's role in the community and understanding that this role can be influential for the community. The author's discussion of the importance of the local community is persuasive, but as he puts it, ideological conservatives and liberals both may find some of what he says problematic. Regardless, his discussions are interesting and finding how your views fit may provide you with opportunity to discover if your views are indeed [...]

    15. Linda on said:

      I enjoy reading Wendell Berry and the partial Luddite in me clings to his words. In this book I especially liked his discussion (albeit short) of our relationships with animals. He states: "Finally we must see that we cannot be made kind toward our fellow creatures except by the same qualities that make us kind toward our fellow humans." If we haven't learned how to practice kindness towards each other it is going to be difficult(for some of us) to learn to be kind to animals. History seems to b [...]

    16. Maughn Gregory on said:

      A slim book of wise, beautiful essays on farming, wilderness, consumption, and the wisdom of local communities. Perhaps the most useful trope in this book is Berry's distinction between "boomers" and "stickers," as observable in the settlement of the American west and dramatized in the fiction of Wallace Stegner: "boomer and sticker, exploitation and settlement, caring and not caring, life adapted to available technology and personal desire and life adapted to a known place."

    17. Jacob on said:

      It is a collection of 6 essays, the last "Health is Membership", is as relevant now as it was 17 years ago when it was written. The best of the bunch by far. I very much enjoy Wendell Berry's writing. I hate to give this book 3 stars, but unless you are deeply entrenched in a rural/farming/forest community, you may find this book a little tedious.

    18. Anna on said:

      This is a really wonderful little book by a philosopher/farmer from West Virginia. It is similar to a Sand County Almanac in style and talks about rural America, farming culture, our connection with nature, and how all of this relates to our moralities and values in the modern world. It's an excellent and fast read, and highly worthwhile! One of my favorite books (book of essays).

    19. Erin on said:

      It made me think about a lot of things in my own attempts to balance the tensions of life in the industrial age. Several powerful ideas. I especially liked the essay "The conservation of nature and the preservation of humanity" lots to think about and much that resonated with me. a good quick read to cleanse my mind palate.

    20. Kate on said:

      Wendell Berry is an excellent essayist. Hailing from Kentucky and focusing on agrarian issues, tobacco, farming, etc he is fascinating to read and well ahead of the curve on America's current environmental and social issues. This is a short book with some well written essays expanding at times to items such as abortion and health.

    21. heather on said:

      Not really food and drink, but agro-social-cultural. I should make that a new category. The last essay, a speech, hit home for me in a way much of the other essays did not. However, Berry's measured and compassionate prose speaks to just why the U.S. cannot sustain its current agricultural practices. Berry is the original farmer-writer-activist, and actually practices what he preaches.

    22. Fred on said:

      This collection of essays (like all Berry essays) is a no-nonsense way to see ourselves - where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going.And typing this on a computer makes me feel guilty.

    23. Aubrey on said:

      I enjoyed and agreed with many of Berry's thoughts and critics on modern society, nature, conservationism, spirit and community. Community especially. But his naive and sexist comments on women's bodily autonomy disgusted me thoroughly.

    24. Vincent on said:

      so, if we owe more to each other than mere social contract, what is that more? Berry starts the answer.

    25. Kristen on said:

      Just reading this makes me feel like I am a better person for having done so

    26. Anda on said:

      WB is a fabulous writer. I can always read his books in a single sitting, although I like to spend some time reflecting as well.

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