The Littlest Soapbox

April 24, 2010

The Daily Fix 4/24/10

Filed under: Books — mikecgannon @ 10:46 AM

Shop Class As Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford is out in paperback, and there is no longer any excuse not to go buy it. This is the best non-fiction book that I read last year. A political philosopher connected with the University of Virginia who owns and operates a motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, VA, Crawford weaves personal narrative, social history, and philosophy into a lucid and uplifting reflection on the value of work and the nature of the “good life”. What really makes this book work is that it neither romanticists the life of manual labor nor polemicizes against the office; instead, it walks a fine line between the two, while still managing to take to task a lot of modern pop economics about “knowledge workers”, and demonstrating the great value that the often-unheralded trades provide for society. In the end, Shop Class As Soulcraft is a thought-provoking, entertaining read that will leave you restlessly looking around for some power tools.

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