Tuesday, November 29, 2011
zen and now
our little book club met last night at catherine's. i had chosen our latest read - robert pirsig's "zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance". i had never read it "in the day" and had always wondered what it was that made it such a classic of my youth. it was a hard read for a number of reasons. we all found pirsig's personality to be overbearing and egotistical and his treatment of his son appaling. my mind bent trying to follow his philosophical convolusions. but again it was worthwhile. pulling me back to the 60's and early 70's and how so many of us saw the world. and how it compares and contrasts with the recent "occupy" movement.
this was our last gathering of the year. some of us will be away for christmas. so catherine made the evening festive and charming.
she overlooked the diner cuisine in the book and went for the zen - saffron rice and lentil dahl and roast chicken for the non-vegetarians. she also baked barb a cake - her birthday is tomorrow. and there were little gifts for everyone. (now you see why we keep our book club so small!).