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Good Work Book Club

75 Breezy Hill Rd., Kingston, NY 12401

Join others who are part of the Good Work Institute community for a discussion of Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work by Matthew B. Crawford. Space is limited to 15, so please RSVP.  if you are able to read this NOVEL and willing to participate in the discussion. Snacks will be provided; feel free to bring something to share!

The Book: Shop Class as Soulcraft, An Inquiry Into the Value of Work is a philosopher/mechanic’s wise (and sometimes funny) look at the challenges and pleasures of working with one’s hands. 

This book “became an instant bestseller, attracting readers with its radical (and timely) reappraisal of the merits of skilled manual labor. On both economic and psychological grounds, author Matthew B. Crawford questions the educational imperative of turning everyone into a “knowledge worker,” based on a misguided separation of thinking from doing. Using his own experience as an electrician and mechanic, Crawford presents a wonderfully articulated call for self-reliance and a moving reflection on how we can live concretely in an ever more abstract world.” (From the publisher.)

The Author: Matthew B. Crawford is a philosopher and mechanic. He has a Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Chicago and served as a postdoctoral fellow on its Committee on Social Thought. Currently a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, he owns and operates Shockoe Moto, an independent motorcycle repair shop in Richmond, Virginia.

The Discussion: We’ll share what we found interesting and useful from the book and discuss if and how we might apply the ideas in our own lives. Please share your questions, links and discussion topics with the host at least 24 hours prior to the meet-up. You will be given instructions for doing this after you have registered for the event.

Book Club Host: Good Work Fellow Andrew Willner has been a leader, organizer, and advocate for the New York/New Jersey Bioregion for 40 years.  He was an early proponent of the Waterkeeper model of water and habitat protection as the founder of NY/NJ Baykeeper, is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Post Carbon Logistics, has operated a consulting firm Sustainability Solutions, and from 2008 to 2014 was the Principal Professional Consultant for energy, transportation, and the environment to the Hugo Neu Corporation. And he is writing two books Fish and Ships, a photo narrative of the people, places, and environment of one of the most beautiful and vulnerable estuaries in the world, and Baykeeper, a David versus Goliath story about preserving, restoring, and protecting the Bays of New York Harbor. He teaches and is a shipwright at the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Riverport Wooden Boat School.

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