The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love

The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love

A passionate attack on the tyranny of experts
Modern life is being destroyed by experts and professionals. We have lost our amateur spirit and need to rediscover the radical and liberating pleasure of doing things we love.
In The Amateur, thinker Andy Merrifield shows us how the many spheres of our lives work, knowledge, cities, politics have fallen into the hands of box tickers, bean counters and rule followers. In response, he corrals a team of independent thinkers, wayward poets, dabblers and square pegs who challenge the accepted wisdom. Such figures as Charles Baudelaire, Dostoevsky, Edward Said, Guy Debord, Hannah Arendt and Jane Jacobs show us the way. As we will see the amateur takes risks, thinks the unthinkable and seeks independence and changes the world.
The Amateur is a passionate manifesto for the liberated life, one that questions authority and reclaims the non team player as a radical hero of our times."

Title:The Amateur: The Pleasures of Doing What You Love
ISBN:9781786631060
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  • Blyden

    A rare thing occurred. I received a FB advertisement that actually sounded interesting. It was from Verso press for this book, _The Amateur_ by Andy Merrifield. I have long considered desirable, both ...

  • Alex Golub

    This book was supposed to be a case for amateurism’s superiority over professionalism, but most of the book is actually a long critique of professionalism and its failings. Amateurism gets second bi...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    Naive utopian political drivel....

  • Lunataradja

    Трошки пафосно (чи то дуже натхненно) і чрєвато спалахами ненависті до своєї роботи (не в усіх, звісно, але не л...

  • Janet Bbgr

    My expectations were wrong about this book. It's mostly about politics and economics....

  • AK

    I would love to write a positive review of this book, because, like the author, I read too much Guy Debord at a tender age and it really did a number on my ability to have any type of career ambition,...

  • dv

    There's something nice and something missing about this book. Being a book about amateurism, I do like of it the free "wandering" of the author through different topics and fields - in particular lite...

  • Clare Trowell

    This was interesting and easy to read. Merrifield deconstructs our global world and economy by explaining the insidious effect of professionalism. By this he is referring to the hideous layers of bure...

  • Leif

    Merrifield is an impassioned and eloquent guide with forceful critiques of the contemporary working work. Here, he allows himself to revel in the pleasures and pains of the modern economic, social, an...

  • Bobby

    I would like everyone to read this book for its urgent and passionately argued message. The literary references didn't really connect for me because I haven't read any of the books the author draws on...