“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 Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation,, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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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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