What is good, Phaedrus,
And what is not good –
Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?
I recently finished my first read of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig. Coincidently, I recently started my second read, because there’s certainly a level of comprehension that I missed the first time.
I’ve heard that not everyone who starts the book finishes it. One might say that it’s intellectually involved and requires a lot of careful reading. Many might say it’s boring. And everyone wants to know where the bits about motorcycle maintenance are after page 48.
Actually, I’ve heard Pirsig’s Chautauquas (anecdotal, philosophical life lessons) regarding the maintenance of a motorcycle for years. My dad, who’s never read the book, and who’s been working on machines since he was six,