the age of distraction
June 10, 2015 9:47 PM Subscribe
But we would miss much by using identity politics to mock Crawford’s gendered vision. His critique of our so-called knowledge economy is a thoughtful extension of the powerful 19th-century Romantic rejection of the triumphs of modernity. John Ruskin, writing in the 1850s on "The Nature of the Gothic," emphasized that all classes require a "right understanding … of what kinds of labour are good for men, raising them, and making them happy." Looking around industrializing England, proudly preening in disruption, he wrote: "It is not that men are ill fed, but that they have no pleasure in the work by which they make their bread, and therefore look to wealth as the only means of pleasure." Although he doesn’t cite Ruskin, Crawford is his heir.
Matthew Crawford's new book The World Beyond Your Head has been reviewed by The New York Times // The American Conservative // National Review // The Financial Times // The Guardian // Chicago Tribune // Bookforum // The Wall Street Journal
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Crawford was interviewed in The Guardian // The Independant
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