Working, by Studs Terkel (BOOK ONE)

Working The Land Pierce Walker This chapter has a lot of logical progressions and it starts off with a solid choice as far as land laborers go: An old-fashioned (and self-described poor) farmer. Walker has “about five-hundred acres” to labor on and has lived where both his father and his grandfather worked the land. Tradition…

Working, by Studs Terkel (Preface I-III)

Preface 1: Who Built The Pyramids? At least in this first part, it’s going to be easiest to break down the book from one interview to another. I’ll try to limit references to future interviews so as not to confuse anyone. I may make some callbacks as time goes on just to show what some…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapters 8 & 9)

After some delays, here it is, the last two chapters of Autopilot. And gosh if they aren’t disappointing. Let’s start from the top. Chapter 8: Six Stigma as Seizure I don’t even have any notes on this chapter besides, “Still not really on topic and the analogy is largely vacuous and suspect in general.” but…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 7)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “too much of a good thing”? You probably have and Smart probably has too, but that doesn’t mean he kept it in mind all of the time. The tidbits about neuroscience when they matched up with the benefits of slacking were interesting and well said. Likewise, Smart’s interest in…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 6)

Nick’s Notes: Sorry about the lack of posts lately! I’ve just been absolutely exhausted from pet sitting and needed to take the last few days (or so) off from writing. I meant to write this yesterday, but I left Autopilot at the pet sitting place. So I’m posting this today instead! Revolution or Suicide Chapter…

Autopilot, by Andrew Smart (Chapter 5)

Chapter 5: You are a self-organizing system As far as I can tell from my notes, this chapter starts off really interesting but then falls flat after that. The reason why it starts off so interesting is because Smart quotes Peter Kropotkin. Kropotkin, for those who don’t know, is a notable anarchist communist thinker who…