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Robert Pirsig Robert Pirsig
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2019-09-01 08:48:24
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roger01Robert Pirsig, author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), is born September 1st 1928 in Minneapolis. Pirsig, the son of a Minnesota law professor, rose rapidly to fame with his novel, which was based partly on his own experiences. The book chronicled the motorcycle journey of the narrator, a former philosophy professor who underwent involuntary electric shock treatment for alleged insanity, across the country with his 11-year-old son. Along the way, the narrator ruminates on philosophical approaches to life, arguing that motorcycle maintenance is a metaphor for life. He also succeeds in healing a deep emotional rift with his son.

The book was rejected by more than 120 publishing houses before it was published by William Morrow and Company in 1974. Pirsig received only a $3,000 advance and was warned that the book would probably bomb. It became a cult classic, selling more than 4 million copies in the next 25 years. Tragically, Pirsig's son was stabbed to death in a mugging 10 years after the book came out.

After the book's publication, Pirsig spent several years living on a boat and travelling the world. In 1991, he published Lila, another deeply philosophical novel.

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Emanuel Paparella2012-09-01 12:30:44
Which proves that philosophy does not have to be boring!

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