Zen and Now

On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Publisher: Vintage Canada
On the Trail of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Zen and Now is the story of a story that will appeal to the 5 million readers of the original and serve as an initiation to a whole new generation.

Since its original publication in 1968, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values has touched whole generations of readers with its serious attempt to define “quality” in a world that seems indifferent to the responsibilities that quality brings. Mark Richardson expands that journey with an investigation of his own – to find the enigmatic author of Zen and the Art, ask him a few questions, and place his classic book in context. The result manages to be a biography of Pirsig himself – in the discovery of an unknown life of madness, murder and eventual resolution – and a splendid meditation on creativity and problem-solving, sanity and insanity.

From the Hardcover edition.



I can tell from the sign by the bank, without turning my head from the road, that it’s nine thirty in the morning. The sign flashes to show it’s 80 degrees, and the heat’s already coming through my jacket. It’s going to be hot today. That’s okay — on a motorcycle...
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Zen and Now is a story worth telling, about a journey worth sharing–an entertaining, inspiring, and rewarding read.” –Neil Peart

“You don’t have to be familiar with the original book to enjoy Richardson’s tale, nor do you have to know how to ride a motorcycle.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Like any really good road trip that’s also about a search for truth, it’s filled with revelation and surprise… and ultimately draws you in with its seductive rhythm and superior storytelling.”
The Toronto Sun

From the Hardcover edition.