I was fascinated to hear the biography of Mr. Andrew Lytle, as he reflects my feelings and sentiments about our ever-growing industrial society. I look forward to learning more about him, his colleagues, and modern viewpoints of this agrarian philosophy.
I grew up spending my summers in Monteagle beginnig back in the 50's and the Lytles were family friends. I spent many many afternoons and early evenings at Mr. Lytle's feet along with many adults and children absolutely transfixed by his stories and holding court. Truly he was a sort of god like man who had the unique ability to transcend age and generational differences and convey timeless stories that spanned centuries. His fascination and deep convictions about life and family, roots in land and God stay with me to this day. He was as fascinating and relevant in his 90's as he was when I was a little girl back in the late 50's. He didn't speak like anyone I ever knew or know to this day. He truly had a mythic quality that is sorely missed in today's culture. I feel so grateful and blessed that I knew this man and his family when I did. He introduced me to the "southern intellectual" and the breadth of his knowledge was vast and comprehensive. There are not so many thinkers it seems today as he so stubbornly was. His love of extended family and roots in our home, the land, inform me to this day. Thank you for the article.