I read a review of ‘Shop Class as Soul Craft’ in the Times book
review a couple of weeks ago, and finally went out and got a copy
after a student recommended it. It’s sort of a less metaphysical
stepsibling to ‘Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’. It’s about
how manual work can be more fulfilling and actually more
intellectually challenging than life as a cubicle drone. The guy’s
got a whole raft of serious degrees, headed up a DC thinktank, and
then chucked it all to be a motorcycle mechanic. More importantly,
why he should chose to do this, and what ‘hand work’ means or may
come to mean, in our evolving ‘post something’ economy.
In this place, I don’t think I need to make any argument to the
satisfactions of working with one’s hands.
Anybody else read it? Thoughts?