Reliance. Matthew Crawford’s new book, Shop Class as Soulcraft is a philosophical treatise calling for manual competence: the mastery of one’s own stuff that can lead to happiness and fulfillment. Some frustrated cubicle workers will find hope on these pages, and those who work successfully with their hands may feel affirmation and recognition. We depend on one another in our connected world, and understanding the value of all kinds of work can be helpful as we exchange skills and talents with others. At its core, this book is a work of philosophy, and can be a bit plodding at times to make a point. In anyone’s search for the good life, reading Shop Class as Soulcraft can be a useful way of thinking about what leads to satisfaction and joy. For some of us, it can be as simple as taking something apart and putting it back together.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)