April 30, 2007

MAYBE THERE’S HOPE, CONT’D: The Dangerous Book for Boys, which I mentioned yesterday, has climbed to #11 on Amazon. Meanwhile, although it’s not as politically incorrect — or is it? — here’s another interesting entry in the realm of neo-retro books for boys: the Popular Mechanics editors’ The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build. I don’t suppose that every kid could build stuff like this back in the old days, but it’s interesting to see how many skills, and how much persistence, is taken for granted here.