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Cracks in the Conversation Table: Robert Pirsig and the Great Books Idea

Robert Pirsig has made a handful of appearances here since the blog’s creation. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen got things started when she presented a paper on Robert Pirsig and his famous book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, at the 2010 S-USIH conference (two-thirds down the program page). That presentation inspired two USIH posts that directly invoked Pirsig. First Ben Alpers gave some thought to how Pirsig’s book could, or should, be considered a part of any history of the so-called “New Age” Movement. Ben has since mentioned Pirsig a couple more times, in passing, in other posts. Next Andrew Hartman Read more