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“How it Went” by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint Press/TNS)

Over his long life, Wendell Berry, now 88, has composed a steady stream of remarkable essays, novels and poems celebrating traditional American agrarian practices and communities and lamenting the industrialization of agriculture, the foul ubiquity of pollution, and the rise of the churning, impersonal global economy.

Heavy stuff, all that. And some critics, reasonably enough, have suggested that his nostalgia for simpler times is naive, overly romantic.

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