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Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer

Essays

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ON SALE: February 9, 2021 | Paperback | 80 pages | ISBN 9781640094574
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“A number of people, by now, have told me that I could greatly improve things by buying a computer. My answer is that I am not going to do it. I have several reasons, and they are good ones.”

First published in Harper’s magazine in the late 1980s, Wendell Berry’s “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” challenges the idea circulating then (and now) that our advanced technological age is a good thing. The volume of reader response to his essay far exceeded any the magazine had seen before. Berry answered his critics with the longer essay “Feminism, the Body, and the Machine” which is included here in this slim volume.

Each palm-size book in the Counterpoints series is meant to stay with you, whether safely in your pocket or long after you turn the last page. From short stories to essays to poems, these little books celebrate our most-beloved writers, whose work encapsulates the spirit of Counterpoint Press: cutting-edge, wide-ranging, and independent.

Praise

Praise for Wendell Berry:

"Berry reminds us that to take small solutions off the table is also a kind of giving up. Some conservationists believe that because ecological problems are structural, there is no point in growing and cooking your own food, in setting down roots in a community, in being kind to your neighbors . . . You may as well drive as much as you want, waste paper towels, and buy meat from corporations that keep pigs in excrement-coated cages. Berry reminds us that to live this way is to forfeit our souls. It is important--no matter what is going on at a macro level--to be kind to your family, your neighbors and the land." --Colette Shade, The New Republic

"America's greatest philosopher on sustainable life and living." --John Warner, Chicago Tribune

"In writing about the fate of the natural world, Berry is a prophet of the domestic." --Dean Kuipers, Los Angeles Review of Books

"It's no great observation to note that we live in an incredibly polarized time, but, curiously, Berry doesn't fit neatly into the conservative or liberal camp. There is just enough in his writing to both satisfy and provoke those of all ideological allegiances . . . In these times we could all use his patient instruction." --Jonathan Foiles LCSW, Psychology Today

"Wendell Berry is our National Guardian Angel!" --Richard Horan, The Christian Science Monitor

"Wendell Berry is the poet laureate of America's farmland. . . . his writing has plenty of relevance: his scathing views on the chasm between what we need and what we consume are persuasive, as is his observation that change is often mistaken for progress." --DJ Taylor, The Guardian

"[Berry] speaks out powerfully and poignantly on behalf of family farmers, their land, and their small towns. His spiritual vision of life is informed by a deep love of nature, a profound regard for the details of place, a respect for small-scale economies, and an advocacy of wise stewardship of the earth." --Frederic Brussat and Patricia Campbell Carlson, Spirituality & Practice

"Compelling, luminous . . . our modern-day Thoreau. He is unlike anybody else writing today. He writes at least as well as George Orwell and has an urgent message for modern industrial capitalism . . . nobody can risk ignoring him." --Andrew Marr, New Statesman

"A fascinating tribute to the life of the land . . . Berry's writings are timelier than ever." --Laura Garmeson, Financial Times

"[T]he welcome voice of a gentle radical . . . Wendell Berry's writings, for half a century, have examined the gulf between what we're capable of doing and what we ought to do. That gulf keeps getting bigger, and still the message goes unheeded." --Matt Sturrock, The Times Literary Supplement

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