Mike’s Point of View

October 18, 2016


— Calvin Luther Martin, PhD

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:  An Inquiry into Values.  The book was a classic when I was a young man.  Pirsig published it in 1974 — after 121 publishers had rejected it.  It sold over 5 million copies.

One hundred twenty-one publishers were pretty darn embarrassed.

It was Pirsig who introduced me to bikers and the novel idea that they may have something worthwhile to say about things like quality and gumption.  When I moved from Santa Fe to Malone and met a motorcycle aficionado named Mike Fournier, I knew this was the guy Pirsig had in mind — the kind who didn’t “sit around dissipating and stewing about things,” a man “at the front of the train of his own awareness, watching to see what’s up the track and meeting it when it comes.”

For years I’ve been trying to persuade Mike to start a political blog — with quality and gumption as his lodestar.  He finally took my advice.  Click here.

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