Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies off-the-grid, I learned to milk a cow, bake bread, fill and clean kerosene lamps, sew and mend clothes, and knit. I worked painting houses, doing construction, and gardening. In place of pay, I experienced a deep sense of satisfaction in doing a good job just for the love of it. In Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford explains why this kind of doing and making brings such satisfaction, how our inherent need for meaningful work has been manufactured out of (most of) our daily lives, and what we can do about it. Sure, the book came out almost 10 years ago, but the concepts are timeless. Give it a read!
A master-class in literary criticism, critical theory, and art history, Illuminations is a must-read. Hannah Arendt's introduction gracefully captures Benjamin's tragic and compelling biography. In the current political environment, it is important to reflect on the immortal work of this man, whose life was ended too soon by nationalism and racism.