“Should be required reading for artists, designers, consumers and anyone who has ever bought or thrown away a toaster….” —NPR
In the 21st century, is it still possible…
I just finished this book about making a toaster from scratch—finding the materials in nature, physically turning them into a toaster with his own hands and Industrial Revolution-level tools. It’s a very quick read, especially since Thomas is a witty writer. He manages to get meat in there, without bogging down the reader. The project’s many failures obviously teach more than its successes.
This is a nice brick in the “understand how the world basically works” wall I’ve been slowly trying to build.