Welcome to the web site of Zen and Now, intended to provide some background and context to my book, Zen and Now - On the trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, published by Knopf.

It's a book that tells of how I tuned up my old motorbike and became a "Pirsig Pilgrim," following the famous literary journey that Robert Pirsig and his son Chris took in 1968 from Minneapolis to San Francisco. Look inside these online pages for new, chapter-by-chapter photographs from my journey, and for photographs from the Pirsigs' journey, too.

If you want to write to me, go to the contact page; if you want to come see me on tour somewhere, check the news page to find out where I am.

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Chapter 1

Download and read the first chapter of Zen & Now: On the Trail of Robert Pirsig and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Chapter 1 - Minnesota

About the Author

Mark Richardson, now 46 and married with two young sons, is the editor of the Wheels section of the Toronto Star newspaper.



Write to me at mark@zenandnow.org

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