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Richardson, like Pirsig before him, traveled the lonely roads of the American West, where he encountered many of the same people and places that inspired Pirsig. Richardson also corresponded with the reclusive author and his legendary editor, James Landis, and uncovered new details about Pirsig's mental illness, his unhappy celebrity, and his struggle to put his life together after the brutal murder of his son in 1979.
Published to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Pirsig's trip, Zen and Now is an intellectual adventure, a meditation on the values of a classic book, and an inquiry into its relevance to the complex and bewildering world we inhabit today.
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By James on 04-17-09
As a more than middle aged ZMM fan whose '61 BMW has not yet, and may never, make the pilgirmage of the Zen Riders, I find that Richardson's musings parallel some and suggest others I might have on the ride. Darren is correct - if you want to read about Pirsig, this is not the audiobook for you. But keep in mind that Pirsig's advice to Richardson when he declined an interview was that if you want to know an author read his books, don't talk to him. I suggest that if you want to read about ZMM, then you need to go to DiSanto and Steele's Guidebook [as Richardson had]. But if you want to experience the ZMM pilgrimage but can't make the trip[yet], then this book is for you. Richardson's story is fun, interesting, introspective and full of vicarious adventures and experiences of the real thing, in route, in spirit and in thought.
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