Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

practice resurrection

The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more 
of everything ready-made. Be afraid 
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion -- put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

"Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front" from The Country of Marriage, copyright ® 1973 by Wendell Berry, reprinted by permission of Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Weekly Discoveries

// Favorite Supercut - In honor of Arrested Development's return.

// Favorite Long-Lost Interview -

// Favorite Song -

// "Are Those Your Drums" -

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Liam!

"We're all born to broken people on their most honest day of living."

I know anything I say concerning Liam's birth three years ago today is going to come off as about cliche as it can get. But I have no clue how else to sum it up - on Jun 9, 2010, my thoughts were forever altered, my life completely changed, and my perspective on love and meaning completely reformed.

Sheesh -- I told you it was going to be pretty bad.

I guess, more succinctly -- happy birthday Liam! I'm extremely fortunate to be your Dad, and I'm going to make sure you always know that.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Weekly Discoveries

// Least Favorite Commercial -

// Favorite Parody -

// Favorite Hidden Camera -

// Favorite Video That Feels Like it's From the Onion but it Really Isn't -

// Favorite Music Video -

// Favorite SNL Sketch -

// Favorite Time-Lapse (Kind Of) -