Are motorcycles your true calling? Shop Class as Soulcraft examines the nature of work in our society and how the manual trade of motorcycle repair can be uplifting.
Books make ideal gifts and there are plenty of good reads out there for the gearhead in your life. Our editors deliver their picks for page-turning tomes in the Motorcycle Gift Guide Books:
Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work By Matthew B. Crawford
There’s a reason you’ll find Shop Class as Soulcraft filed in the Philosophy section at your local bookstore. Matthew B. Crawford’s 246-page work is a well-argued treatise on work. As the modern world shifts ever more into abstractions, here is a clarion call heralding the value of maintenance and repair work. As the book jacket hails: “For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life work choosing.” A philosopher mechanic in his own right (he owns a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Chicago), Crawford speaks from experience, having left unsatisfying and sometimes high-paying desk jobs for his current gig running an independent motorcycle repair shop. This is a book worthy of examination. Crawford delves deep, delivering big ideas in bite-sized morsels. – Bart
Top Dead Center contains a collection of essays which focus on Cameron’s personal experiences with racing.
Top Dead Center By Kevin Cameron
Fans of motorcycle journalism are already familiar with Kevin Cameron. For decades a stalwart of Cycle World Magazine, Cameron’s best work has been collected in the Top Dead Center volumes (Top Dead Center and Top Dead Center 2). TDC features content culled primarily from Cameron’s encyclopedic knowledge of and personal history with motorcycle racing. A collection of essays, each TDC entry is a welcome mental repast focusing on various topics – the best being honest character studies of motorcycle giants. Some entries are quite personal too, with some of the more insightful nuggets found in the Cameron’s article introductions as the writer recalls the story behind the stories. Having been honored to share a dinner table at press events with Cameron, we can say his prose reads much like his speech – thoughtful, honest and concise. There’s a lot of meat in the pages of TDC. Zero fluff. And in this digital age of ours, sorting through the fluff is near impossible. Get these books. – Bart