Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday Reads

Obituary: Bestselling author Robert Pirsig, 88, known for his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, has died.

Pirsig’s novel was a personal story based on a motorcycle trip he took in the late 1960s with his 12-year-old son, Chris. They rode from their home in Minnesota to the Dakotas. The book reveals the author’s struggles with schizophrenia. While on the trip, many philosophical discussions take place.

Critics hailed "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" as a brilliant blending of narrative story and philosophy.

The book took Pirsig four years to write and was rejected 121 times by publishers until William Morrow took on the book. The book has sold millions of copies worldwide. In 1979, tragedy befell Pirsig when Chris Pirsig was killed by a mugger in San Francisco. Subsequently, Pirsig added a touching tribute to his son in the afterword of the book.

Arkansas had a double feature last night, much to the horror of death penalty opponents.

Given how the trans are, how did this piece ever see the light of day?

Obituary: National Review commentator Kate O'Beirne, 67, lost her battle with lung cancer, unfortunately. She was frequently seen on television as well as a talking head of the right.

Some background pre-fame:

Kate Monica Walsh was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 23, 1949, and she grew up in Manhasset on Long Island. Her father was a partner in the venerable Manhattan nightclub Jimmy Ryan’s, which focused on traditional instead of progressive jazz. Her mother was a homemaker who raised four daughters — Kate was the second — in an Irish-Catholic Republican home known for its animated dinner-table discussions.

She was studying English and journalism at Good Counsel College, a Catholic women’s school in White Plains, N.Y., when she left to work on James Buckley’s successful 1970 Senate campaign on the Conservative Party of New York ticket. She completed her degree the next year, then worked in Washington as an aide to Buckley, the older brother of the National Review founder.

She graduated in 1976 from St. John’s University law school in Queens, N.Y. She briefly practiced law at the Interior Department, then accompanied her husband — an Army officer — on his military assignments until settling in the Washington area in 1985.

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