Earl Hayden, along with his family, launched his first book The First Family of Racing in front of the press gathered for the USGP today. Cowritten by Danny May, the book gives readers a look at the life of Earl Hayden, father to 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, and AMA Pro Road Racing National Champions Tommy and Roger Hayden. Anyone who […]
Shop Class as Soulcraft
Book review by Stephan Wilkinson
Matthew Crawford is a practicing motorcycle mechanic out of Richmond,Virginia. He’s also an excellent writer who holds a philosophy degree from the prestigious University of Chicago. This unusual trifecta informs “Shop Class as Soulcraft: an Inquiry Into the Value of Work.” Anyone who’s changed their oil or timed a distributor (remember them?) will appreciate the result.
Disregard the slightly woo-woo title. This is no Zen and the Art of the Motorcycle, which was a prissy piece of pretentious, barely readable hokum. [One reviewer damned my book The Gold-Plated Porsche with faint praise by asserting that it was better than Zen and the Art . . ."] Crawford’s book is a querulous examination of how and why we’ve given up our appreciation for the skills of the craftsperson—-or even the simple integrity of the committed do-it-yourselfer. In the process, we’ve become a culture of “change ‘er out, not worth troubleshootin’ it” techs.
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