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RIP Robert Persig

Though not sailing related but as an avid long distance m/c rider some may relate...

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-w...ig-dies-at-88?
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Re: RIP Robert Persig

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Though not sailing related but as an avid long distance m/c rider some may relate...

'Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88 : The Two-Way : NPR
I relate as a cyclist on the rice rockets similar to his Super Hawk, and really appreciated the book.

Don't apologize, he was and is sailing-related also, not that we readers should be surprised in the least:
https://www.spinsheet.com/sailor-and...-m-pirsig-dies]

A life well lived, it would seem.
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Re: RIP Robert Persig

I still apply lessons that I learned from reading "Zen" 35 years ago.
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Pirsig's second novel (Lila) was about sailing. I got about halfway through and lost interest.. maybe this summer


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Re: RIP Robert Persig

I read Zen in my 20s and thought it was a bunch of pretencious twaddle. Re-read it in my 40s and came away with a deep appreciation for the exploration, but still befuddled with much of the later part of the book. I think Iíll re-read it again in my 60s Ö maybe then Iíll really get it all ó or maybe Iíll return to my original assessment
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I read Zen in my 20s and thought it was a bunch of pretencious twaddle. Re-read it in my 40s and came away with a deep appreciation for the exploration, but still befuddled with much of the later part of the book. I think Iíll re-read it again in my 60s Ö maybe then Iíll really get it all ó or maybe Iíll return to my original assessment
I felt the same about Zen, in my 20's. I didn't re-read it, but I thought I would give Lila a shot, thinking I had grown as much as you have.


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Re: RIP Robert Persig

I kept six books on my desk at work:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (pink)
Pilgram at Tinker Creek
The Existential Pleasures of Engineering
Mark's Handbook for Mechanical Engineers
Perry's Chemical Engineer's Handbook
Websters New Collegiant Dictionary

All required continual re-reading and re-examination. The answer was always there.
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Re: RIP Robert Persig

Persig bought a Westsail 32 with some of the proceeds from his book. Don't know what he did with the boat or how long he owned it so this thread is sailing related.
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