“I think we’re developing a society now whose dominant effort is to get out of work. It’s probably a measure of our decadence that we can talk about a ‘work ethic.’ Work isn’t an ethic; work’s a necessity.”

—Wendell Berry, in a 1973 Mother Earth News interview

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Athens, GA. His work has been published in, Bookslut, The Comics Journal, Salon, The Baseball Chronicle, Jackson Free Press, and Valley Voices: A Literary Review. Follow him on Twitter (@walter_biggins), and check out his bimonthly newsletter (
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3 Responses to Commonplace

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Perhaps it’s an effort here in the U.S. – but keep in mind the French have turned it into a lifestyle. :) (This is from someone who likes not working herself, so la la la.)

  2. LMc says:

    Wendell insight into modern life has always impressed me.

  3. Laura Evers says:

    Quiet Bubble,
    Thank you for mentioning Mother Earth News.
    We appreciate the attention.
    Laura Evers
    Mother Earth News

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