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Indexing WB's Non-fiction

Chicago architect Daniel Burnham famously said, "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood." So I figured I'd take a shot at some such for the new year.

Strangely enough, one thing that stirs my blood is indexing books that I love. I've been involved with three such projects -- all works of fiction.

So I have come upon the notion (based on the hope that somewhere there's a need) to index the major non-fiction work of Wendell Berry. It's kind of shocking to notice that not even the great Unsettling of America has an index. Sometimes a reader wants to know where it was that WB wrote of that struggling furniture maker ... or where WB wrote about marriage, industrial capitalism, or threats to local communities.

So here's what I've done:

I've set up a wiki: The Wendell Berry Indexing Project as a collaborative workspace for a WB indexing project.

And I invite any of you who might be touched by an interest (and/or slight madness) to join me in this effort.

Again, take a look around at The Wendell Berry Indexing Project ... and follow the directions on the front page there, if it's something you'd care to tangle with.


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