The Lindisfarne Tapes

Wendell Berry: Sexual Capitalism and the Preservation of Wilderness

Episode Summary

Farmer/poet/essayist Wendell Berry analogizes marriage and agriculture and traces the effects of ‘divisions branching out from the division between body and soul’ in the household and in the farm community where he lives. Berry is the author of The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture; Farming: A Handbook; and A Continuous Harmony. (Episode photo courtesy of

Episode Notes

The Lindisfarne Tapes are selected recordings of presentations and conversations at the Lindisfarne Fellows’ meetings. In March of 2013 William Thompson granted permission to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics to transfer the talks from the old reel-to-reel tapes to digital format so that they could be posted online and shared freely. In 2021, the Schumacher Center used the digital audio to create the Lindisfarne Tapes Podcast. Reposting should include acknowledgment of Learn more about the Lindisfarne Tapes here.

Berry delivered this lecture in 1976 at the Lindisfarne Summer Conference, "A Light Governance for America: The Cultures and Strategies of Decentralization."