They didn’t have a “U-minus” grade, but I am certain that I earned it.
I’ve never been a team player. It’s why I love woodworking, writing, music and cooking. They are singular pursuits that your pursue without relying on others. I hate relying on other people.
So I have to let you know that with “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” I let my guard down a bit.
Throughout the entire process of this book, from conception to birth canal (which is where we are now) I leaned heavily on the advice of Narayan Nayar, a friend of mine from Chicago. He has guided me through every stage of this book. And I really mean every stage.
He pushed me to rewrite key sections of the book three times. He designed the templates that determined the design of the book, which I am quite pleased with. He took the photos that open the 20 chapters and spent days and days styling them in Photoshop.
And he helped guide this book, which is my longest and most complex work to date, through the difficult production process.
As I write this, the hard-copy proof of the book is on its way here for final approval. I’m going to have to sign the papers saying that it’s good and ready for press. But the only approval that means anything is Narayan’s.
I could be wrong when I say this, but the reason I think I was willing and happy to work with him is that he is just as demanding as I am. Perhaps even more so.
So when your copy of this book arrives, if it looks and reads better than my previous works, now you know why.
— Christopher Schwarz