Zen and Now is now available in North America as a paperback. The five small typos of the hardback are now fixed - I'll send a free paperback to the first person who can tell me what those typos were.


Hello Australia! Zen and Now is now published in paperback by the University of Western Australia Press. As well, look for translations into Bulgarian and Turkish coming later this year.


And take a new look at the Photos page on this site. I've put new photographs there to illustrate the people and places of every chapter of Zen and Now.


On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Zen and Now

Take 5 | Reading on the 3rd Floor | Audio | Marketplace of Ideas

CBC The Next Chapter | Episode 2 | Audio | Zen and Now: An Interview with Mark Richardson | Audio | From midlife wanderlust to 'Zen and Now'

Blog Talk Radio | Mark Richardson - Zen And Now

CBC | Zen and the art of mental maintenance

Rocky Mountain News | Zen' revs author's curiosity

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 40 years later, a fresh Pirsig journey

Minnesota Public Radio | Zen and Now

Denver Westword | Q&A with Zen and Now author Mark Richardson


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.



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