Most of us don’t herd goats anymore. Go far enough back in time, and a whole lot of humans did.
Brad Kessler left a rent-controlled apartment in New York’s East Village to raise goats in Vermont. He took it seriously — even spiritually — for himself, and now for us, in the pages of a wondrous little book on goat-herding.
There’s a reason, he writes, that Jesus, Moses, Krishna and Mohammed were all tied up with shepherds. There’s something magic here. And the cheese is pretty divine, too.
This hour: bucks, does, birth, herding, and life with goats.
Joining us in our studio is Brad Kessler, a novelist and author of the new book “Goat Song: A Seasonal Life, A Short History of Herding, and the Art of Making Cheese.” His other books include the novels “Birds in Fall” and “Lick Creek,” as well as award-winning children’s books in the “Rabbit Ears” series.
You can browse excerpts from “Goat Song” at the publisher’s website.
Brad Kessler won the 2009 Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in Rome. The Academy’s blog posts this image of a goat on a silver didrachm, from Paros in the Cyclades, 4th-3rd century BC: