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Jul 30 2010 - 01:14 PM
Shop Class as Soul Craft
Title: Shop Class as Soul Craft Author: Matthew B. Crawford Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2009 Check It Out: HD4824 .C72 2009 From the Publisher: A philosopher/mechanic's wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one's hands. Called "the sleeper hit of the publishing season" (The Boston Globe), Shop Class as Soulcraft became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a "knowledge worker," based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world. About the Author: Matthew B. Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Chicago and served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. Currently a fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, he owns and operates Shockoe Moto, an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia. Book Website Original Essay by Author Author on The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) Author on All Things Considered (NPR Author on The NewsHour (PBS) Author on The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) Author on “Between the Covers” (National Review Online) Washington Post Review NPR affiliate KPLU Review Your Call (KALW) Review Popular Mechanics Review Author on Minnesota Public Radio NY Times Book Review NY Times Article New Yorker Review State of Nature Review National Writing Project Review Google Book Preview
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