|Review by BlueHatMan||posted 04-30-2011 12:33 AM||3848 views||0 times favorited||34 comments|
- Popular Woodworking The 130 Best Books on Woodworking
- Brand: Popular Woodworking | Category: Magazines
I just received my June issue of Popular Woodworking. I have come to enjoy this magazine, propelled by Schwartz, Lang, and Huey. But I have to wonder if a bad case of the dumb ass hasn’t overtaken the editorial staff. Consider the story, “The 130 Best Books on Woodworking”. It looks like a lot of care and effort went in to compiling a list of books the staff could agree on. But then they upped the ante by going to the field, to the annointed experts for their personal favorites. I don’t have a beef with any one of these seven gentlemen, or the books they admire. I just wonder how it can be that there are no women in North America suitable for print or opinion? No Debey Zito. No Kari Hultman. No Susan Walsh. My list is short from lack of personal exposure not, I am guessing, from a lack of talented women woodworkers.
A lot of time, effort, and planning went into this piece—much as it does with each issue. How is it no one (Megan Firtzpatrick?) pointed out the testosterone-heavy lineup? From the list of books and their authors I have to assume no woman has ever written a woodworking book worth reading. Can this be so?
If you were to compile all of the editortial copy of all of the major woodworking magazines sold in North America in the course of a year, how many pieces would be written by women? Have they no talent? Have they nothing to say? Have they nothing to contribute?
I’m just trying to make sense of this. Maybe if Christopher Schwartz can explain it to me, he can explain it to his daughter when she wonders out loud what the hell the message is supposed to be.
-- BlueHatMan, N. California, http://bluehatman.com/