Unsettling America

Grant Wood’s 1930 painting of a pitchfork-wielding farm couple heralds our return to Wendell Berry’s The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. How to interpret this portrait?  How to interpret American Gothic, which to my mind means the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe.  Through the lens of The Unsettling of America, an interpretation becomes … Continue reading Unsettling America

Know Thy Eating.

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin writes, and there can be no question the answer philosophically challenges us.  This blog seeks to engage with the aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of food.  I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act, writes Wendell Berry … Continue reading Know Thy Eating.

BBQ Goat Leg

Originally posted on From Belly to Bacon:
With Memorial Day giving me an extra day to finish planting our garden and making the last preparations for summer, I also had time to fire up the smoker and try smoking not only a new cut of meat, but also a new beast altogether. On the last Monday in… Continue reading BBQ Goat Leg