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FREE DOWNLOAD Bunch of Amateurs 108 ¾ What is it that drives the success of America and the identity of its people Acclaimed writer and contributing editor to This American Life Jack Hitt thinks it's because we're all a bunch of amateursAmerica’s self invented tinkerers are back at it in their metaphorical garages—fiddling with everything from solar pWhat is it that drives the success of America and the identity of its people Acclaimed writer and contributing editor to This American Life Jack Hitt thinks it's because we're all a bunch of amateursAmerica’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. For any reporter there's a pleasure in delving into a specialty like telescope making It's akin to traveling to a foreign country The language is weird the views are uncommon but the company is always stimulating The fun typically involves finding some way to carry back from this outpost of human endeavor a sense of the specialist's language that a non telescope maker even someone with no interest in astronomy can enjoy as storiesAnyone who reads a lot especially someone unencumbered by genres knows something of this fascination peering over the shoulders of people obsessed with a strange passion getting off on not just the thing itself but the singular passion the desire to know and master that exudes from the very pores of the obsessed There is so much in this world to know so much to explore and here is someone who has picked just one thing one arbitrary corner of the universe of knowing and simply by spending the better part of their life playing with it and I do mean playing tinkering experimenting for the glory of the thing and not the credentials that officialize it help us see the awesomeness the exceptional beauty the potential of some tiny piece of something Jack Hitt is very good at finding these people and telling their stories and simultaneously tells the American story mad scientists kooks and amateurs all And some of them aren't even all that kooky when you just sit down and listen He finds these characters in all diverse realms ornithology astronomy robotics social sciences he even found a real life girl with the dragon tattoo performing garage bioengineering He could have continued through every discipline if he hadn't worn out his poor research assistants And I stand in awe of all of them How do you pick up a hobby like genetic mutations Do you just run across some discarded DNA strands and get to work I will never be that person but I always hope that through constant naive and enthusiastic exposure I can encourage my kids to see themselves as potential amateurs in anything You never know what will stick right What stuck with me is the high I get from other people's enthusiasms people like Jack Hitt who recognize the extraordinary in every character he meets and then writes so skillfully that I can know them too

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T American Idol Hitt argues that the nation’slove of self invented obsessives has always driven the country to rediscover the true heart of the American dream Amateur pursuits are typically lamented as a world that just passed until a Sergey Brin or Mark Zuckerberg steps out of his garage or dorm room with the rare but crucial success story In Bunch of Amateurs Hitt argues that America is now poised to pioneer at another frontier that will lead one time to the newest version of the American drea. The idea to write about a bunch of amateurs was a good one but the execution was terrible Not what I expected to read


Bunch of AmateursAnd their pursuits From a tattooed young woman in the Bay Area trying to splice a fish’s glow in the dark gene into common yogurt all done in her kitchen using salad spinnersto a space fanatic on the brink of developing the next generation of telescopes from his mobile home Hitt not only tells the stories of people in the grip of a passion but argues that America’s history is bound up in a cycle of amateur surgesBeginning with Ben Franklin’s kite and leading all the way to the current TV hi. Started out ok his premise was interesting enough but I don't know if the anecdotes got worse or I just got tired of his schtick The first few chapters I found uite engaging but I really just started to get annoyed with his general tone there was pretty much no one professional or amateur that he wouldn't poke fun at Not in a ha ha you're all my friends kind of way but in an I'm really superior to the lot of you kind of way And his bragging about what a big atheist he is which he seems to think is relevant to a startling number of topics got a little old Mostly he wandered from topic to topic in a way that makes it difficult to explain how this bit you read relates to his stated goal of searching for the American character Some parts I genuinely could not say how they were meant to tie in Maybe the book would have been better if it had been shorter The writing itself was generally enjoyable but it seemed that he was rehashing the same points too many times Basically just kind of disappointing