Verlyn Klinkenborg

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Verlyn Klinkenborg

Flow is something the reader experiences, not the writer.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Other seasons come abruptly but ask so little when they do. Winter is the only one that has to be relearned.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nearly everyone is aware of dramatic changes in the world. Yet we continue to live in the assumption that we can ride out the changes without changing ourselves, coasting, as we have always coasted, on the historic wave of human development. What it will take to wake us up is a wave of equal size traveling in the opposite direction. That wave is already on its way.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The Unexpected stalks a farm in big boots like a vagrant bent on havoc. Not every farmer is an inventor, but the good ones have the seeds of invention within them. Economy and efficiency move their relentless tinkering and yet the real motive often seems to be aesthetic. The mind that first designed a cutter bar is not far different from a mind that can take the intractable steel of an outsized sickle blade and make it hum in the end. The question is how to reduce the simplicity that constitutes a problem ("It's simpleMore Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Solve global warming, eliminate the nuclear threat, and we will still have to confront the vastness of our species and the way it diminishes, without thinking, all the other species around it.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A cliché is dead matter. It causes gangrene in the prose around it, and sooner or later it eats your brain,More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A reasonable agriculture would do its best to emulate nature. Rather than change the earth to suit a crop... it would diversify its crops to suit the earthMore Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I say the grace of wildness, what I mean is its autonomy, its self-possession, the fact that it has nothing to do with us. The grace is in the separation, the distance, the sense of a self-sustaining way of life.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
(Home is) a place we carry inside ourselves, a place where we welcome the unfamiliar because we know that as time passes it will become the very bedrock of our being.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Research, in nature’s laboratory, never stops. It explores every possibility. It never lacks funding. It is never demoralized by failed experiments. It cannot be lobbied.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I look at the books on my library shelves. They certainly seem dormant. But what if the characters are quietly rearranging themselves? What if Emma Woodhouse doesn't learn from her mistakes? What if Tom Jones descends into a sodden life of poaching and outlawry? What if Eve resists Satan, remembering God's injunction and Adam's loving advice? I imagine all the characters bustling to get back into their places as they feel me taking the book down from the shelf. Hurry, they say, he'll expect to find us exactly where he More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The words are not mere words. They are the breath and mind, perhaps even the soul, of the person who is reading.More Verlyn Klinkenborg [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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