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by Carla Needleman

The Work of Craft is a profound meditation on the relationship between craft and craftsman. Focusing in turn on pottery, weaving, and woodcarving, and grounding her insights in her own experiences as a potter, Carla Needleman shows that the basic material every craftsman works with is himself or herself. The stuff between one's hands-the clay, the wood, the wool-responds to the quality of one's inner state. The product of one's work is not just an object but a way of being. Thus, the exploration of a craft is-like this book- an exploration of the processes of life itself.
Download The work of craft: An inquiry into the nature of crafts and craftsmanship epub
ISBN: 039449718X
ISBN13: 978-0394497181
Category: Home
Subcategory: Crafts & Hobbies
Author: Carla Needleman
Language: English
Publisher: Knopf : distributed by Random House; 1st edition (1979)
Pages: 142 pages
ePUB size: 1694 kb
FB2 size: 1983 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 371
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I found "Men at Work" surprising in some ways and predictable in others. George Will is a very accomplished writer, and he learned and conveyed a lot of information in writing this book. As a baseball "lite" level of fan, I learned a great deal. The detail was excessive at times. For example (hypothetically), if someone embellished discussion about a team by noting that they were one of four National League teams before 1960 that had five or more consecutive losing seasons, I would prefer that the other three not be named. Being a thorough soul, Will invariably did so. The organization into four sections (hitting, pitching, fielding, managing) with a primary (and impressive) interviewee for each one was interesting, but Will wandered far afield from these primary sources fairly often. Sometimes these diversions were great. At other times, not so much.
Admirably, I found Will's train of thought easy to follow throughout, which I cannot routinely say about his regular columns.
I found Will's book, "A Nice Little Place on the North Side" much more enjoyable. That book focuses on Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs.
"Men at Work" appears on more than one top 20 or 25 baseball books lists. If you prefer intense immersion in baseball techniques, history, and statistics to reading a good nonfiction baseball book, then "Men at Work" will find a place on your top 25 list as well. I've probably read 20-25 nonfiction baseball books, and it would fall into the bottom 20% for me. Still, I'm glad I read it, because I learned so much.
I'm not too far into the book but am finding it a well-written, interesting read. The author is a potter and her thoughts are linked to the way one works with clay. I like that. When she speaks of "centering," for example, the meaning is not the same as that ascribed nowadays--the mental/emotional/spiritual groundedness--but rather the trickiness of a lump of clay centered on the potter's wheel. (At least that's how I understand it.) And I like that--the importance of keeping that clay on the wheel and turning it into something more than a lump.
Had I already finished reading the book I might well have given it 5 stars. (And it came as advertised--a fine clean copy, well-wrapped and on time!)
Descartes. Dizzy Dean. The 1952 musical "The Pajama Game." Ray Kroc. William James. Pete Maravich. Pericles. John Updike. This is just a sampling of cultural references from the last 5 pages of "Men at Work The Craft of Baseball." The beginning and middle of the book are equally replete with similar high-brow references. If you are looking for a book of pure baseball craftsmanship, statistics and history, you'll find some of that, too. The problem is ferreting out the relative information from the clutter. This book is now 25-years old so, yes, it is dated. It has history, which Will claims is essential to the understanding of the game, but the history often overpowers the point Will is trying to make. The book wanders aimlessly at times, too. So much more could have been accomplished with a lot fewer words.
George Will was always thought of a Conservative think tank columnist until he wrote a book on baseball. To his credit, his approach is, if not unique, then refreshing. He takes a micro-look at baseball, while focussing on some of the bright lights of the era of the late 1980's and early 1990's. Tony LaRussa from a managing perspective, Tony Gwynn from a hitting perspective, Cal Ripken, from fielding and Orel Hershiser from pitching.

Will looks at the day to day preparation of each of these athletes, and how they approach their sport 162 days a year.

He has chosen fine models for his investigation. Gwynn had a cerebral and focussed hitting approach that was so thoughtful, and so advanced, that he could have come from several decades in the future. Ripken set a standard for high level consistency that may never be challenged. And Hershiser, like Ron Guidry before him, may never be a Hall of Famer, but soared to heights for a few a seasons that few have ascended.

Tony LaRussa, as of this writing is still an active manager, and is still in the elite of baseball dugout management.

This is a highbrow look at professional baseball, and is a precursor to Michael Lewis' excellent book, "Moneyball."

Will has a passion for baseball, and I am glad he shared this book. It is a highly worthwhile read.
This somewhat outdated book (written in late '80s) is an ambitious compendium of the skills employed by some of the best players and managers of the game. Through the eyes of Tony LaRussa, Orel Hershiser, Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr., Will fees us a Herculean amount of "inside baseball." Perhaps the boatload of statistics and anecdotes are a little too weighty, but Will leavens it with his wit and his solid journalism. Maybe a good baseball fan doesn't need to know all that Will gives us. But as a former baseball fanatic who lost interest for decades, I found it very enjoyable to take a refresher course in the ins and outs of our national pastime and be reminded why I love the game so much. A solid, notable baseball book by a devoted fan.
A wonderful combination of baseball lore and the wit of George Will. It just can't miss.
Once a great book but now dated. Written around 1990. The best thing is it shows you the difference between the game now and the game then. Orel Herschiser pitched 340 innings in 1990 (I think it was '90) according to Will and no one ever mentioned pitch ccounts, or innings limits. Nowadays pitchers are done at 100 pitches and 200 innings
Purchase this on my Kindle at the recommendation of a friend over a year ago, and I haven't yet finished it. It is an interesting book, but just not enough to hold my attention. I do plan on finishing it someday, and fortunately it is a book that you don't lose much by putting it on the shelf and coming back to it later.