The film “No Impact Man” documented the one-year quest of a family of three to make choices that left a good impact on or did not impair the environment. The part of the movie that I felt compelling was how the media, particularly talk show hosts, responded to Colin, the person known as “No Impact Man”. […]Read more "Impressions"
In “Health is Membership,” many metaphors related by Berry explained the separation that exists in modern times between organic, natural ways, and mechanic, abstract procedures of maintaining health. The paragraph that begins with, “In the world of love, things separated by efficiency and specialization strive to come back together.” is an example of how the role […]Read more "Ways we can transform ourselves by redefining health and our approach"
In the piece, “Across the Great Divides: Why America Needs a More Confident Pluralism,” John Inazu describes a real example of individuals demonstrating their ability to set aside their differences and work together, in the third paragraph of the section titled “Enacting Confident Pluralism.” It stood out to me because I don’t hear about or […]Read more "Confident pluralism"
In Berry’s short story, “Sold,” the character Beulah Cordle Gibbs recounts the most recent place of dwelling that she and her husband Grover stayed in and owned (paragraph 31; middle of the article). Compared to the previous places in which they made a living from sharecropping, living in a home they owned felt more permanent and grounded. […]Read more "Reminiscing local culture"
Berry believes that the existence and the quality of farming has deteriorated in modern times. One of the main ideas he stresses in “Nature as Measure” is the idea that a piece of land cannot be farmed in the same manner as any farm–someone, who is accustomed to the local area and knows what practices […]Read more "Can farming return to a better state?"
A common theme that relates to the social problems we are having today is the question of whether people in a community are truly connected and willing to try hard enough to support one another. In the film “The Overnighters,” a pastor attempts to help people get assimilated into his community by providing food, shelter, and […]Read more "How does one truly fit in the context of the local community? What is their place?"
In “Writer and Region,” Berry stresses the importance of knowing the community one is embedded in when writing their story. Huckleberry Finn, Berry states, exemplifies this idea by centering the story around the river and other geographical landmarks that help ground the circumstances happening in the 1830s and 40s during Huck’s boyhood days. There is a […]Read more "Does community and place persist in literature?"