A reporter for the Toronto Star re-enacted the cross-country motorcycle trip that Robert Pirsig detailed in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and wrote his own book about it:
Re-enacting the journey from Minneapolis to San Francisco chronicled by Pirsig in his cult classic, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," Mark Richardson digs deep to unearth the motives behind his tormented mentor's search for quality while embarking on a search of his own.
"I sent the first draft to Pirsig," Richardson said. "He read it and wrote back and said it was like being a ghost at his own funeral."
The editor of the Toronto Star's "Wheels" section had to be reached via pay phone at a truck stop in Dakota City, Neb. He's on the road again on a motorcycle, this time promoting his book.
"What was missing," mused Richardson, "was the fascinating story of Pirsig's life. He wrote about finding inner peace, but his actual life was in turmoil."