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  • heath 2:25 pm on Friday, May 22, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: manual labor, Matthew B. Crawford,   

    An old way of looking at new work 

    A new article in the upcoming NY Times Magazine is one of most revolutionary things I’ve ever read from within the American sociocultural environment:

    The Case for Working With Your Hands — by Matthew B. Crawford.

    An excerpt:

    “..After finishing a Ph.D. in political philosophy at the University of Chicago in 2000, I managed to stay on with a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the university’s Committee on Social Thought. The academic job market was utterly bleak. In a state of professional panic, I retreated to a makeshift workshop I set up in the basement of a Hyde Park apartment building, where I spent the winter tearing down an old Honda motorcycle and rebuilding it. The physicality of it, and the clear specificity of what the project required of me, was a balm….”

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    • cat 4:56 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, it’s excellent. I got the link to the article on advrider.com this morning.

      Nothing quite like recognising the truth; something you’d always known, at some level, but never seen expressed so well.

      • heath 11:24 am on Monday, May 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Hi cat. Crawford’s article has struck a deep chord. He has a book coming out, from which the article is drawn. It’s “Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”, available in hardcover, and download for Kindle, at Amazon.

        love, h

  • heath 10:01 am on Friday, May 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Flamenco Sketches (Alternate Take), Miles Davis   

    Art is about… 

    …disagreement. Matlab*, showing another way to think, feel, listen, move, see. A teaching. Slyly, gracefully offered.

    * Matlab: meaning (Hindi).

    Here’s a piece of art from Miles Davis:

     
  • heath 1:14 pm on Sunday, April 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: compassion, practical transcendence, U2's Bono   

    A very fine Op-Ed piece by Bono 

    Just read — it’s that good…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/19/opinion/19bono.html

     
  • heath 12:11 am on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Frederick Seidel, links to others' stuff including mine, , The Cove, WWF magnetic money boards   

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs. Links in… 

    Open, orphan: hugs hugs hugs.
    Links in link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/warriorpoets/message/13120

     
  • heath 4:59 pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clive Owen, Duplicity, film direction, PDAs and juries, screenwriting, Tony Gilroy,   

    Short sketches, reversals, and… the In … 

    Short sketches, reversals, and… the Internet, PDA’s and juries…

    Am trying to write short stories so I can tighten my story sensibility before I go back to work on the book. Wrote two rough ones on the morning commute. Inspired by what I read about Tony Gilroy two days ago, some conversations with my son, and the way a special guy I know and love does his creative work.

    If you’re into writing, film direction, screenwriting, check the New Yorker’s profile of Tony Gilroy, whose forthcoming film Duplicity should be really good, not the least because Clive Owen is the male lead. D.T. Max’s profile of Gilroy is here:
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/03/16/090316fa_fact_max
    Wiki page for Duplicity:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplicity_(film)

    Here’s a grim yet funny irony… did you ever think that what your kids are doing with their PDA’s could also be done by juries with their PDA’s? With resulting confusion in and subversion of the American judicial system?
    Here’s the story:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/18/us/18juries.html

    love, h

     
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