Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Sunday, 26 May 2002

5.26.02 EXT. MOD QUAD. 6:03pm DAY

i think the ex­treme con­ser­vatism here at Notre Dame has made more of a lib­eral out of me. the hypocrisy, bu­reau­cracy, and op­pres­sive na­ture of ‘tra­di­tion’ that i am con­stantly faced with has slowly forced me from my rather apo­lit­i­cal fence­sit­ting into a slightly more rad­i­cal stance where i wel­come ef­fec­tive change and re­bel­lion against blind, stag­nant, pa­tron­iz­ing au­thor­ity. per­haps i am wrong and my lib­eral arts (even though it isn’t called that here) ed­u­ca­tion has changed me…

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a good read. i wasn’t ex­pect­ing to be con­fronted with the ex­ten­sive philo­soph­i­cal dis­cus­sion that it con­tains, but it was much eas­ier to un­der­stand than say, Descartes “Discourse on Method.” The sto­ry­line is very good and i could have used more of it, but i un­der­stand that it merely func­tions as a frame to con­tain and di­rect the in­quiry into val­ues. i would def­i­nitely rec­om­mend that you read it, but be pre­pared to have your ways of thought chal­lenged on a fun­da­men­tal level.

there is a new link in ‘peo­ple’ to some rat­bas­tard and an­other one in the ‘other’ sec­tion to all my po­etry (which sucks and you’ve al­ready read be­fore).

The Road Home

Thursday, 9 May 2002

5.9.02 INT. KEOUGH HALL RM 435 1:00pm DAY

all of the mar­mosets are gone, and so am i. this won’t be up­dated un­til i am back on the 20th. for those of you who want to know, here is my sum­mer read­ing list as it stands now (feel free to add to it).

  • fritz leiber;
  • art of zen and mo­tor­cy­cle main­te­nance;
  • lord of the flies;
  • 1984;
  • catcher in the rye;
  • the art of war;
  • book of five rings by miyamoto musashi;
  • den­nis mck­ier­nan;
  • clock­work or­ange;
  • high fi­delity;
  • on the road;
  • ham­let;
  • con­fed­er­acy of dunces;
  • gin­ger­man;
  • the naked and the dead;
  • good omens;
  • ridicu­lous rhymes (roald dahl);
  • at­las shrugged;
  • f scott fitzger­ald this side of par­adise;
  • some­thing by hem­ing­way

to­day i am road­trip­pin’

lis­ten­ing to The Road Home (a com­pi­la­tion CD i made)