Matthew Crawford began to question his satisfaction as a “knowledge worker,” and opened a motorcycle repair shop in Richmond. Shop Class as Soulcraft is an absorbing personal labor-history-cum-memoir, a philosophical treatise on the essence of work, and an analysis of America’s economic and vocational future, reminiscent of the classic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Following Crawford through the mental and mechanical process of a manual trade will order, link, and electrify many of the vague discontents and notions you might have about the nature and quality of work and a good life in our times. This is an especially thought-provoking choice for college students or recent graduates.
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work - Matthew B. Crawford
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Published: Penguin Press - May 28th, 2009
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