Much of Berry’s fiction and essays can sound a bit like a Romans commentary. He writes with a true-to-life low anthropology that perfectly frames the miracle of grace. We see bits of this in a 2019 interview he did with the activist Tim DeChristopher, the transcript of which was recently published by Orion Magazine. In a terrific shot by Guy Mendes, provided with the article, we see the much younger DeChristopher sitting across from Berry in what look to be living room chairs pulled out onto the front porch of the Berrys’ home, a border collie stretched out between them. I think Wendell managed to pull off his bold sartorial choice of black socks and sandals with style. The two don’t waste much time on pleasantries, DeChristopher starting off the conversation with a light hors d’oeuvre of nihilism.
DeChristopher: We’re not just blowing things apart; we’re changing our own DNA in a way that makes human existence meaningless.
Berry: I don’t think humans have any power over meaning. Meaning is given to us. We can’t make meaning.
DeChristopher: I don’t agree with that. We make meaning all the time.
Berry: The ability of humans even to discover meaning is very limited. They counterfeit meaning all the time.
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