Book Review: Luke Fernandez

Luke Fernandez of Weber State posted a cool review of my Sakai book:

Here is a quote:

As the Soviet’s used to say (and as historians often still profess), “the future may be certain but the past is always contested territory.” Which is another way of saying that if Chuck has offered up an intriguing story, I hope it doesn’t end up being the authoritative history of Sakai. The sub-title, after all, is a “retrospective diary” rather than a history, which would suggest that many other stories are worth telling.

Here is my reaction:

Luke thanks for such an insightful review of my book. You hit so many of the themes of the book perfectly. I would amplify that I absolutely do not intend for this to be the definitive history of the Sakai project from 2003-2007. Others have completely valid perspectives and I wish others would write their own (perhaps contradictory) views of the events and I would love to be able to let folks assemble he “real” history from all those perspectives. You are also right in that my primary motivation is not simply to “stick it to the man” – the thing I fight for is for the creative types and management types to function as peers rather than the typical structure where management is “above” the creative types. I am fighting for the freedom of the creative types to take part in the decision making.