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October 11, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeen years ago, an unknown writer named Robert M. Pirsig amazed the literary world--not to mention the 120 publishers who had rejected his manuscript--with a philosophical odyssey called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." His book was received as a kind of bolt out of the ontological blue. It surprised people with its insights and intellectual meanderings. It became a multimillion-copy bestseller and even spawned a companion guidebook, written by two Ph.D.'s.
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September 2, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
As A biker, I tend to receive one book repeatedly as a gift : "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." It's just one of those things that non-motorcyclists tend to give actual motorcyclists as a show of friendship, courtship or simpatico, which is why I currently own two copies and have probably given away at least as many. Never mind that "Zen" isn't (really) about motorcycles or their maintenance. Nor is it (really) about the strain of Buddhism known as Zen. It's a philosophical text about values and how individuals engage with the spiritual and technological aspects of their lives.
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September 2, 2008 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
As A biker, I tend to receive one book repeatedly as a gift : "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." It's just one of those things that non-motorcyclists tend to give actual motorcyclists as a show of friendship, courtship or simpatico, which is why I currently own two copies and have probably given away at least as many. Never mind that "Zen" isn't (really) about motorcycles or their maintenance. Nor is it (really) about the strain of Buddhism known as Zen. It's a philosophical text about values and how individuals engage with the spiritual and technological aspects of their lives.
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October 11, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seventeen years ago, an unknown writer named Robert M. Pirsig amazed the literary world--not to mention the 120 publishers who had rejected his manuscript--with a philosophical odyssey called "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." His book was received as a kind of bolt out of the ontological blue. It surprised people with its insights and intellectual meanderings. It became a multimillion-copy bestseller and even spawned a companion guidebook, written by two Ph.D.'s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Book publisher Max Reinhardt, whose first signing was George Bernard Shaw and who went on to publish works by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Graham Greene, is dead at the age of 86, his secretary said Thursday. Reinhardt died Tuesday in a London nursing home, Belinda McGill said. Born in Istanbul -- then known as Constantinople -- on Nov. 30, 1915, to Austrian parents, Reinhardt was educated at the city's English High School.
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November 19, 1998 | CHARLES SOLOMON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As the title suggests, Chris Goodrich isn't even an amateur mechanic: The only cars he'd really worked on were the Hot Wheels toys he had as a kid. His account of his efforts to assemble a Lotus Caterham Super Seven is both amusing and thought-provoking. Goodrich chose the idiosyncratic Seven because it "is a deliberately primitive vehicle; handmade, proudly unadorned, self-consciously fundamental, the car that both embodies and repudiates its industrial ancestry."
OPINION
June 2, 2008 | GREGORY RODRIGUEZ
It's summertime, and the gas prices are sky high. The Travel Industry Assn. is forecasting only a slight 1% decline in the number of vacations Americans will take this summer as compared to last. But not everyone is so sanguine about the future of American mobility. Some oil industry experts are predicting an end to the classic summer road trip. That would be a terrible shame.
NEWS
December 6, 1991 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Baja California. The name alone conjures up visions of remote beaches, rolling hills and nameless dirt roads. John Minch and Thomas Leslie have been succumbing to the allure of the area for the past 30 years. But the two Saddleback College professors don't just visit Baja; they study it, documenting the plant and animal life and mapping out the geological formations of the Mexican peninsula.
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June 5, 1991 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Other than their matching ponytails (his was considerably shorter), what Stephen King and Gloria Steinem had in common as they met the press this weekend was their roles as featured stars in the annual gathering here of the American Booksellers Assn. This year's convention, the organization's largest, drew 30,000 booksellers, publishers, publicists, authors, aspiring authors and others connected with the printed word to the Jacob Javits Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
On his book tour, the tables have been turning on John Freeman: A parade of luminous authors are interviewing him. He's already sat down for public conversations with Teju Cole, Geoff Dyer, Aleksandar Hemon, and Marilynne Robinson, and on Tuesday night, it'll be Mark Z. Danielewski. That's at Skylight Books in Los Feliz at 7:30 p.m. Freeman's new book, "How to Read a Novelist," compiles his interviews with and profiles of 55 authors. It includes seven Nobel Laureates -- Toni Morrison, Gunter Grass, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Imre Kertesz, Mo Yan, and Orhan Pamuk.
NEWS
April 8, 1992 | DAVID SHAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sacramento Bee won the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for public service Tuesday for a series of 15 stories on environmental threats and damage to the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Bee reporter Deborah Blum also won a Pulitzer--in the beat reporting category--for "The Monkey Wars," stories examining the moral and ethical issues involved in primate research. The New York Times and Newsday joined the Bee in winning two Pulitzers each.
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