Matthew B. Crawford's spell-binding article in the May 25th NY Times Sunday Magazine is truly inspiring. To read it click here. It is the most emailed article in the Times this week.
However, Dr. Crawford may be a motorcycle repairman in the way Robert Frost was a farmer. That does not detract from the wisdom of his essay (or book); but one wonders why the Times did not mention that he is also a Research Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Crawford Bio. This should not detract from the article's importance or timeliness, but in the marketing frenzy and the meat market of publishing and reaching the Best Seller lists some publicity wonk obviously advised him to obfuscate his relationship to academia.
Will success spoil Matthew Crawford? Stay tuned and watch the talk shows if you have the stomach for them. We will read the book and comment in it in a few weeks.
Marketing is all.