Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
By Robert M. Pirsig
Why this book?
Zen came out when I was a teenager, when it took the world by storm. It still holds up as a compelling story of an independent-thinking father and his son taking a cross-country motorcycle trip and as “an inquiry into values,” as Pirsig subtitles the book. This book contains multitudes. It makes you think about the nature of genius and mental illness while making you ask yourself, “what is quality?” and how does our consideration of quality affect the meaning of our personal lives. Reading this book helps us see how much we are shaped by our culture and how important it is for us to articulate our own philosophy of life.
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