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  • Indeed, Quality, or rather the concept of Quality, weights heavily in Pirsig's book.
    An other aspect developed in his magnum opus is awareness, as when he suggests, to one of his students who does not know what to write about, to go and look at the facade of a brick building (theatre?). "Start with the first brick, describe what you see, then continue with the second brick, stop with the last brick.". She comes back a few days later with a smile and a 5000(?) word paper. It is so successful, he has his students describe what they see when they look at their own thumbs. A dime.
    But before we get complacent let's remember that what looms large in the book is mental illness. His own, and his son Chris', who eventually commits suicide.
    Neurosis, psychosis, Quality and nirvana. The lines are thin and can be blurred. Enlightenment is not for the faint of ego. Much more later.

    [Many years ago, a friend of mine sent me the movie script, based on the book, that she had written. I always thought it would be a difficult movie to make. If I remember correctly Robert Redford has bought the rights to the movie.]

    [photo by jean-claude]
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