A wild ride
Rapids, waterfalls, sudden changes of direction: the book “The Office of Good Intentions” is unusual. Our critic Florian Heilmeyer has let himself be shaken by it.
A book is usually a long, calm river. Especially reference books flow along at a leisurely pace, spreading their subject flat on both sides, you can get in and out at any time, because early on you can already guess where the journey will lead. This book, “The Office of Good Intentions. Human(s) Work” is not like that at all. It is a wild ride. To stay with the river comparison, it is a mountain stream thundering down a narrow canyon at unbridled speed, full of whirlpools, rapids, waterfalls and surprising turns. And the book and its authors don’t care whether we readers can keep up in our much too small kayak.