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Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford.. This is a book for the short days and long nights when you wonder what your grandfather would have been doing with his time. Makes you want to get the workshop in order, maybe build something.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"Max Bloomquist brings his considerable talents to Crawford's meditation on the meaning of work and disparity between blue collar and white collar occupations. Crawford draws on his own experience—he quit a miserable think tank job and has found joy and meaning working as a motorcycle mechanic—to question the presumed value of the cubicle working world, deplore society's disconnection from the material world and vividly convey the reward of working with one's hands. Bloomquist reads with authority and erudition; his steady, everyman narration makes Crawford's well-founded arguments even more persuasive.."

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"It's appropriate that [Shop Class as Soulcraft] arrives in May, the month when college seniors commence real life. Skip Dr. Seuss, or a tie from Vineyard Vines, and give them a copy for graduation.... It's not an insult to say that Shop Class is the best self-help book that I've ever read. Almost all works in the genre skip the "self" part and jump straight to the "help." Crawford rightly asks whether today's cubicle dweller even has a respectable self....It's kind of like Heidegger and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.."


Author bio: Matthew is currently a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. He also runs a (very) small business in Richmond, Virginia. More information can be found here:

Book Details: Nonfict Other; 246 pp. Manifesto, with humor: Kindle/Aubiobook/Print editions

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