Hi you all --
Not a typical message for this board, but I read a book review in the NY Times for this recently published book by philosopher Richard Sennett, titled The Craftsman. I found it intriguing, and I have spied on other craft-blogs discussions about "Craft Theory" which interrogate the rise of the new craft aesthetic, ethos and ethic. This book (based on reading the review only) makes an argument that the handwork of craft - the physical engagement with the material world is a problem-solving idiom that invigorates and engages the mind... it is both intellectual as well as physical labor. Sennet is what I would call a "neo-enlightenment" philosopher, and his argument ranges beyond the obvious (that you have to think to make), and argues pretty convincingly that craft work is an essential ingredient to the creation of a whole citizenry.... and the articulation of a functional democracy is in part dependent upon the honoring the "middle ground" of makers and doers. I have my own very strong opinions about the economy of craftwork, which I need to get down on paper sometime. I am -- sorry to say -- a bit more pessimistic than I gather Richard Sennett is.
Anyway... googled the book after reading the review, lots of hits which, I am sure, will change daily for a time. the book costs $27.50, and is just over 300 pages.
Looks VERY interesting. I'm thinking of buying when I am finished with my newest book (an old V.S Naipul non-fiction book.... AN AREA OF DARKNESS... love his prose, hate his politics.) So is anyone interested in doing a read along, and participating in discussion on "Craft Theory"?
Oh, rest assured, I do make things too.