The following are some books that I have read more times than I can remember. I list them in order of publication, though my first readings of them came in the opposite order:
- R. G. Collingwood, The Principles of Art (1938);
- Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge (1944);
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974).
I want to say some things about all of these books, and their writers. I intend especially to address the last book, which I shall call ZAMM. Continue reading