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Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World

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By (author) Mark Frauenfelder, Narrator Kirby Heyborne

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 170mm x 25mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1400147816
  • ISBN 13: 9781400147816
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Library ed

Product description

From his unique vantage point as editor in chief of "Make" magazine, the hub of the newly invigorated do-it-yourself (DIY) movement, Mark Frauenfelder takes listeners on an inspiring and surprising tour of the vibrant world of DIY. The Internet has brought together large communities of people who share ideas, tips, and blueprints for making everything from unmanned aerial vehicles to pedal-powered iPhone chargers to an automatic cat feeder jury-rigged from a VCR. DIY is a direct reflection of our basic human desire to invent and improve, long suppressed by the availability of cheap, mass-produced products that have drowned us in bland convenience and cultivated our most wasteful habits. Frauenfelder spent a year trying a variety of offbeat projects, such as keeping chickens and bees, tricking out his espresso machine, whittling wooden spoons, making guitars out of cigar boxes, and doing citizen science with his daughters in the garage. His whole family found that DIY helped them take control of their lives, offering a path that was simple, direct, and clear. Working with their hands and minds helped them feel more engaged with the world around them. Frauenfelder reveals how DIY is changing our culture for the better. He profiles fascinating "alpha makers" leading various DIY movements and grills them for their best tips and insights. Beginning his journey with hands as smooth as those of a typical geek, Frauenfelder offers a unique perspective on how earning a few calluses can be far more rewarding and satisfying than another trip to the mall.

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Author information

Mark Frauenfelder is cofounder of the most popular blog in the world--boingboing.net--and editor in chief of "Make" magazine, the leading publication of the do-it-yourself movement. Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell, and "The Genius" by Jesse Kellerman.

Review quote

"Heyborne's slow-paced, earnest reading nicely suits the material." ---Library Journal Audio Review