“Language is the skin on my thoughts” – Arundhati Roy
Last night I began re-reading Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. It must be at least 12 years since I last read this book, and it was one of the books that I decided to bring back from Australia with me because I want to find out how I relate to the story at this time in my life.
Pirsig describes the tale as being “An Inquiry Into Values” and, because I consider that my perceptions of life and life’s values have changed so much over the last decade, I am keen to delve once more into the narrative of this guy’s personal Chautauqua and discover if there is more or less that this book can reveal to me now. I did the same thing with Alvin Toffler’s “Future Shock” a couple of years ago and found it to be immensely boring, whereas when I first read it after it’s release, it held me enthralled. Hopefully that won’t be the case with this revisitation.