America’s self-invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages - fiddling with everything from solar-powered cars to space elevators. In Bunch of Amateurs, Jack Hitt visits a number of different garages and has written a fascinating book that looks at America’s current batch of amateurs and their pursuits. Beginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hit American Idol, Hitt argues that the nation’s love of self-invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream.
"Wanders a Bit"
"The Big Heat", by Elizabeth Kolbert; "Tag Team", by Alec Wilkinson; "Words on Trial", by Jack Hitt; "A Reporter at Odds", by Jane Kramer; "Once Upon a Time", by Joan Acocella; and "Going South", by David Denby.
Policy wonk. Pragmatist. Truth-twister. There are many versions of Clinton - and we’ll need them all to navigate the political chaos unleashed by Trump.